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The Nonviolence Handbook by Michael N Nagler

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sixWhat Have We Learned?

Nonviolence is an innate capacity of human nature. It is not a moral commandment; still less is it a philosophical abstraction. Nonviolence, at least the kind I’ve presented here, is an energy that operates in and on all living beings. It can be understood, predicted, and controlled like many other forces in nature. Probably the most important thing we need to know about nonviolence is that it’s not the absence of anything as much as it is a positive force. It is the force of love, though at times it may not feel that way. The U.S. Civil Rights movement, King explained, did not cause outbursts of anger but “expressed anger under discipline for maximum effect.” This discipline of conserving our anger is not an act of repression. ...

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