the wrongs that need resistance, To the right that
needs assistance, To the future in the distance, Give
is feasible even for those who are not heroes by
nature, and it is an obligation, I believe, for
those who fear the consequences and detest the reality
of the attempt to impose American hegemony.
not discouraged. There is a future for you. . . . The
resistance encountered now predicates hope. . . "
unjust law is itself a species of violence. Arrest
for its breach is more so. Now the law of nonviolence
says that violence should be resisted not by counter-violence
but by nonviolence. This I do by breaking the law
and by peacefully submitting to arrest and imprisonment.”
(ignorance) is like a shadow. It has no real substance
of its own, it is simply a lack of light. You cannot
cause a shadow to disappear by trying to fight it, stamp
on it, by railing against it, or any other form of emotional
or physical resistance. In order to cause a shadow to
disappear, you must shine light on it.
-- Shakti Gawain
progressive movement against the war of occupation
in Iraq is a reason for hope, as is resistance to
free trade agreements in Latin America. Those are
moments that we have to celebrate: that people still
find the resolve and energy to resist.
of armies can be resisted, but not an idea whose time has
-- Victor Hugo
is from the numberless diverse acts of courage and
belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man
stands up for an ideal or acts to improve the lot
of others or strikes out against injustice, he sends
forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other
from a million different centers of energy and daring,
those ripples build a current that can sweep down
the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.
"The principle of nonviolent resistance seeks to reconcile
the truths of two opposites - acquiescence and violence
- while avoiding the extremes and immoralities of
both. The nonviolent resister agress with the person
who acquisces that one should not be physically agressive
toward his opponent; but he balances the equation
by agreeing with the person of violence that evil
must be resisted. He avoids the nonresistance of the
former and the violent resistance of the latter. With
nonviolent resistance, no invidual or group need to
submit to any wrong, nor need anyone resort to violence
in order to right a wrong."
Luther King, Jr.
students I've been with these twenty years are looking
for a world where it becomes a little easier to
love and a lot harder to hate, where learning nonviolence
means that we dedicate our hearts, minds, time,
and money to a commitment that the force of love,
the force of truth, the force of justice, and the
force of organized resistance to corrupt power are
seen as sane and the force of fists, guns, armies,
and bombs insane.
resistance to this war should be our resistance to
profit at the cost of human life. Because that is
what these drums beating over Iraq are really about.
This is about business.
classification according to a singular identity polarizes
people in a particular way, but if we take note of
the fact that we have many different identities -
related not just to religion but also to language,
occupation and business, politics, class and poverty,
and many others - we can see that the polarization
of one can be resisted by a fuller picture. So knowledge
and understanding are extremely important to fight
against singular polarization.
up to us, the people, to break immoral laws, and resist.
the extremely ignorant or the extremely intelligent can
to fight and conquer in all your battles is not supreme
supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy's resistance
-- Sun Tzu