Nonviolence is a way of life for
courageous people: It is not a method for
cowards; it does resist. If one uses this method
because one is afraid or merely lacks the
instruments of violence, that person is not truly
The Beloved Community is the goal: The
aftermath of Nonviolence is friendship and
understanding among those who are different from
you, while the aftermath of violence is tragic
Defeat injustice, not people: It is evil that
the non violent resister seeks to defeat, not the
person messenger of evil
Exchange suffering for Achievement: The
nonviolent resister realizes suffering can educate
and transform people and societies.
Chose loving solutions, not hateful ones:
Avoid internal violence of the spirit as well as
external physical violence. The nonviolent resister
not only refuses to shoot the opponent but also,
refuses to hate them.
The universe is on the side of justice: The
believer in nonviolence has deep faith in the future,
and believes there is a creative force in this universe
that‘s works to bring the disconnected aspects of
reality into a harmonious whole.
Gather information: Learn all you can about the
problems you see in your community through the media,
social, and civic network.
Educate Others: Armed with new knowledge; its your
duty to help those around you, such as your neighbors,
relatives, friends and co-workers, better understand the
problems facing society. Build a team of people devoted
to finding solutions. Be sure to include those who will be
directly affected by your work.
Remain Committed: Accept that you will face many
obstacles and challenges as you and your team work to
change society. Agree to encourage and inspire one
another along the journey.
Peacefully Negotiate: Talk with both sides. Yes go to
the people in your community who are in trouble and
deeply hurt by society ills. Yet also go to those people
who are contributing to the break down of a peaceful
society. Use humor, intelligence and grace to lead to
solutions that benefit the greater good.
Take Action Peacefully: This step is often used when
negotiation fails to reduce results, or when people need
to draw broader attention to a problem. It can include
tactics such as peaceful demonstrations, letter writing
and petition campaign.
Reconcile: Keep all actions and negotiations peaceful
and constructive. Agree to disagree with some people
and with some groups as you work to improve society.
Show all involved, the benefits of changing, not what
they will give up by changing.
(For additional material on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Principles of Non-violence, read "Pilgrimage to Nonviolence" in Dr. King's Stride Toward Freedom, Harper & Row. 1958)