trying to understand the philosophy of nonviolence, it is
important to keep in mind there is no living, vital philosphy
which does not have "holes" in it... Nonviolence is
many things, but if it is not a search for truth - a search that
is never ended - it will fail."
"Gandhian philosophy assumes that the 'reality' we see is
transitory, that change and struggle is the rule, not the
exception... In thinking of Gandhi we should understand the role
of the Bhagavad-Gita (meaning "Song of God") in his
life and thinking"
of the issues that keeps surfacing is how to deal with the issue
of police brutality. We can make the same mistake here that a
handful of middle class "leftists" made at the start
of the Vietnam War when they targeted our own troops as the
enemy, or we can learn from history."
will never know if nonviolence would have worked against
Hitler... but within Occupied Europe there were well documented
victories for nonviolence."
"Nonviolence doesn't work because it appeals to the 'best
in the enemy,...' but also because our tactics absorb the pain
and suffering even as we create social disorder so great that
something must yield."
Six: "If we
remember that we must try to be honest, and act with courage, we
won't do things in the dark which we wouldn't do by day. We
won't do things we aren't willing to be caught doing. Again,
there are paradoxes - does this mean that there are times when
we might not act in secret?.. Yes, and I've tried to stress that
there are always contradictions."
of the things which the American pacifist movement has not
inherited from Gandhi - and needs to! - was Gandhi's conviction
that the main work of his movement was not the nonviolent
resistance campaigns, but his "Constructive Program".
In our country - and generally in the West - there has developed
an unhappy split between nonviolent resistance, and a positive