Since I was a child I have noticed that every time we are confronted with some tragedy - natural disasters, mass poverty, police violence, war, etc. - there are always a handful of people that respond with repeating what the Beatles said in the 60's, 'all you need is love.' This past week's murder of… Continue reading Why Love ISN'T All We Need
The Martyr paradigm emerged and thrived in the early centuries - between the time of Christ's death and the Roman Empire's adoption of Christianity as the official state religion. While only a few dedicated Christians are recognized as martyrs, it was an era in which it was dangerously easy to become one. Christians suffered terribly… Continue reading The Junkie and The Martyr
'How do you define nonviolence?" - a prompt from my retreat in November. I contemplated this question between bites of cobb salad as I scanned the sweating bodies in the packed campus dining hall. The occupants at a narrow table near me caught my attention - a small, mousey haired girl on one side and… Continue reading Il Fratturato Gesù e la Nonviolenza
"Fuck you, motherfucker!" I hurled that directive across the room to the silver haired burn out in my Conflict Resolution class last week - it was our first attempt at non-violent communication. Well... shit. Given the slightly passive-aggressive "It's OK To Be Angry" news article our instructor emailed and the 'therapeutic' (read: punitive) journal entry… Continue reading Keep Your Apology
There are three simultaneous aspects of non-violence: Non-violence to the self. Interpersonal Non-Violence Global Grassroots Non-Violence (Of course, these are not my own inventions but are borrowed from another's paradigm.) Simultaneous...occurring at the same time, which means they are interconnected. Which means they affect each other - both positively and negatively correlated. So...when does non-violence… Continue reading Meditations on Non-Violence to the Self.
The biggest misconception about non-violent action is that it's passive; that it's akin to just letting the beatings, rapes, genocides, racism, sexism, and all the sadism of war just pass on by without ever lifting a finger to stop it. That it reflects the mentality of, 'it's either you or me brother, and WOO, I… Continue reading Non-Violence, Not Complacency
"Don't raise your voice to me like I'm you're fucking child!" *Cringe* Ah, hell. My mother would've slapped me on my mouth had she heard me speak to my elders in such a fashion - my grandmother would've thrown her shoe. I had a fleeting, mid-tirade, thought - "this isn't who I am." In retrospect… Continue reading Violence + Addiction