The Tougher Path to Freedom: Non-Violence

Posted by on April 18, 2014 in Peace & Human Rights with 0 Comments
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Peace-symbolSource: By Michael Maharrey | Activist Post

Victory attained by violence is tantamount to a defeat, for it is momentary. – Gandhi

I’m conflicted.

More than anything, I simply want to live free. When others build walls against freedom, we must tear them down. But how do we go about doing that? How do we stop those that would lay chains over our wrists and ankles?

Some advocate violence. I’ve seen the calls for “revolution” and armed resistance grow in some circles in the wake of the Bundy Ranch situation. I’ll be honest, watching video of federal agents pulling back made my heart smile. Sometimes we must meet force with force. I can somewhat sympathize with those who think nothing will ever change without armed resistance.

But ultimately, I believe Gandhi was right. We will only find true freedom through non-violent means. Victory won at the barrel of a gun will prove short-lived. If we cannot find a way to change the system without resorting to violent means, we will merely rearrange the pieces on the game board. The rule of force and coercion will remain. Violence begets violence.

When you use violence to change the system, you are not really changing the system. Violence is the primary component of the system.

We need a new rulebook.

The non-aggression principle serves as the cornerstone of my political philosophy. I have two overriding goals for society: freedom and peace. I just can’t fathom that the best way to bring that about includes coercion and war.

I’m not arguing that we don’t stand our ground. I’m not arguing that we should embrace weakness. I am arguing that we should endeavor to stand our ground without resorting to violence if at all possible. Let our force come from our numbers, our passion and our higher principles. Overwhelm evil with good…not more evil.


Featured image: Non-Violence by Hakan Dahlstrom.

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