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The Nonviolence Handbook by Michael N Nagler

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fivePeering Into the Heart ofSatyagraha

We have seen that nonviolence and satyagraha begin with ourselves, that we must prepare and train in order to approach any conflict with right intention. Likewise, satyagraha will only be successful if it employs right means, including proportional response, compromise, well-defined goals, and constructive programs, as appropriate. However, some aspects of satyagraha remain to be examined. For instance, how are we to react when our nonviolent approach seems not to be achieving any result, and equally importantly, how should we behave when we are successful? How many people does a movement require to achieve success, and how important are symbols to a movement? Finally, many of us may wonder whether it is ...

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