The Approach Of Nonviolence Essay

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“An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind” (Mahatma Gandhi), welcome to the world of non-violence, not similar to ‘disney land’ but merely a small philosophical village coated in white, decorated with crystals and abundant in doves; white resembling peace, crystals for clarity and pure spirit and doves for .. I don’t know, I guess I have been driven by my imagination.

There is a considerable debate about the precise meaning of nonviolence. Some people believe that nonviolence is a philosophy and strategy for social change that rejects the use of violence. In other words, nonviolence is a method for resolving a conflict without the use of physical power nor enmity towards opponents. Instead, it emphasizes you to look beyond convictions and one’s urge for victory, it is the motto behind the saying “hate the sin and not the sinner”. For others it is a way of living and an essential part of their values and norms, for those people, nonviolence is the road which will lead them towards attaining inner piece and moral satisfaction. “Learn and teach nonviolence as a way of life; reflect it in attitude, speech and action” say’s Gerber in his article The Road to Nonviolence. Thus making nonviolence the ultimate behavior towards achieving truthful, spiritual, loving life. Mahatma Gandhi, the nonviolence guru, defines nonviolence as “a power which can be wielded equally by all-children, young men and women or grown-up people, provided they have a living faith in the God of Love and have therefore equal love for all mankind”. (mkgandhi.org) Therefore we understand that nonviolence has some terms and conditions to be met; living faith in God, truthfulness, humility, tolerance, loving kindness, honesty and the willingness to sacrifice.
The reason behind nonviolence is to regain the bygone self respect, morality, dignity, peace and harmony amongst one’s self and other living beings. Day by day humans tend to be inhuman; selfishness, cruelty, hatred, jealousy and materialism have ripped off the warmth from our lives making it cold and unsafe.
A man may allow himself a wide latitude in the matter of diet and yet may be a personifier of ahimsa and compel our homage, but a man who is always over-scrupulous in diet is an utter stranger to ahimsa and pitiful wretch, if he is a slave to selfishness and passions and is hard of heart. (Gandhi, The Gospel of Non-Violence)
Gandhi expresses the problem of selfishness and greed among humans, thus turning themselves into slaves for power, wealth and fame. Allah the all mighty talks about this very same point in his holy Quran by saying “We have certainly created man in the best of stature” (At-tin 95:4) and he also says “Indeed, We guided him to the way, be he grateful or be he ungrateful.” (Al-insan 76:3), although the literal meaning of these scriptures may seem different, but the true meaning needs explanation, and those two scriptures meant that Allah all mighty, have created human beings free; not...

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