Gandhi's ten principles of nonviolence:
Humiliating or deliberately provoking your opponent invites violence.
2. Knowing your facts and arguments well helps
3. If you are open about your cause your opponent is less likely to be violent.
4. Look for
common ground between you and your opponents to promote trust and understanding.
5. Do not judge others.
Trust your opponent. They will sense this trust.
7. Compromise on inessential items to promote resolution.
Sincerity helps convert your opponent.
9. By making personal sacrifice you show your sincerity.
exploiting weakness in your opponent. Aim for integrity, not simply to win.
We at ecology action presume to add this:
The next unexpected tense situation you find yourself in, try copying this presecription for group harmony and anonymously
pinning it up somewhere it can be seen. You will be surprised by its effect as everyone who notices finds themselves automatically
agreeing with its common sense albeit idealistic and often unachievable in total.
In the process of so agreeing each
person actually opens a door to tolerance and a new idea of how to relate to their protagnonists ... in the work place, the
home, in politics or where ever. But notice Gandhi was not passive. He promoted peaceful confrontation of injustice.
our world there are endless causes for peaceful confrontation especially in an environmentally unsustainable western world.
Click here for one of many web links on the life and teachings of nonviolence guru Gandhi, still with the
power to profoundly change people and make life easier.