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Peace is the Path

by Dick Martin

Whether we call our actions violent or nonviolent does not matter, it is the intent of our actions that is important. If we intend to destroy property to hurt others, beat an enemy or gain power on an issue, then this is a violation of the value of life. For social change to be peaceful and ultimately for the process to be successful we need to elevate the value of life in all our relationships. This has been the mistake of the political movements which have ravaged the whole of the 20th Century with war and revolution. Confrontation, war and political revolutions have not advanced the cause of humanity toward peaceful coexistence but intensified our intolerance.

The protest movement against globalization needs to direct its energy towards the positive values of free and egalitarian social organization as an opportunity. We need not fight for anything, nor should we fight against anything, but discover life in its living meaning. The violence in the world is from the wrath in our minds, and in our actions places fault on others for being the extension of what we in fact really are. It is this “what we really are” that must change; it must change in the way we live, the way we organize socially. The more we fight, the more we loose; the further we depart from our desires. The confrontational idea of social interaction with each of its stagings makes the world just a little more as it always has been. With each fight we change a little less, the revolution becomes a little further away.

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