We’re all accountable for keeping and making the world safe for ourselves and all others
As M. L. King, Jr. suggests we must not only refuse to shoot a man, but you refuse to think of hating him.
“… Since Auschwitz we know what man is capable of. And since Hiroshima we know what is at stake.” Viktor E. Frankl
Three truths: Life is simple. The world is transparent. The divine shines through it all times.
I believe that as long as people continue to threaten others that arms makers will continue to make bigger, superior and more powerful weapons.
I believe that the world needs more love, and humanity needs our loving awareness more than the development of another firearm, smart missile or armored tank.
Since time began humanity has known violence; humanity has always had those who cause pandemonium and anarchy. I also believe that humanity has always known extremes in poverty and hunger and other social issues.
I believe that ignorant men demonize others – just as weak men instill fear by telling myths, lies and rumors, while the arrogant disregard the laws of humanity.
I believe that we must always look for ways to engage in peace. And I’m in full knowledge that society has a right to protect itself from those who hate and want to harm but I also firmly believe that we cannot rid the world of terrorists or threats of terrorism and prepare humanity for peace while holding weapons in our hands.
I believe that another bullet fired means more blood to stain the ground; it means more mourners – more graves – more coffins. It means another family will gather to grieve… It means more conflict and more disagreements. It means more rage and more fanaticism.
I am not irresponsible, ignorant or an absurd dreamer; I am firm in my own believe that even as humanity weeps at the violence and horrors currently in the news that arms makers and dealers are busy counting profits; full in the knowledge that the Lords of War are always willing to add fuel to the flames of animosity; ready to fire another round thus ensuring another cycle of terror; ensuring another wave of terrorism, hate and ignorance; another round of prejudice, bias, racism, and distorted stereotypes.
Nonviolent thinking embraces both the dignity and sanctity of all life.
Nonviolence: The way of nonviolence is of the heart and soul; through nonviolent thinking and living we re-discover self-respect. Thus, nonviolent thinking is a resource of strength.
Nonviolence – The use of peaceful means, not force, to bring about political or social change. [passive resistance]… the WAY of Gandhi.
Nonviolence means avoiding not only external physical violence but also the internal violent discourse/dialogues we hold with our self. We must be persistent in our quest for achieving at least a dialogue on nonviolence. A dialogue that needs to include compromises and respecting each other’s rights… Engaging in such dialogue must be done in the spirit of reconciliation if we ever hope for a real solution to world conflicts and disagreements.
Dare to dream it – dare to believe it, dare to make it come true: From Brother David Steindel – Rast_ “Imagine a country whose citizens—maybe even its leaders—are brave, calm, and open towards each other; a country whose people realize that all human beings belong together as one family and must act accordingly; a country guided by Common Sense.” Through this way Mankind has the greatest potential to rediscover humanity.
To continue on our current course with a weapon in our hands means nothing has changed … it means that we will continue to live in an irrational violent world.