“Nonviolence means avoiding not only external physical violence but also internal violence of spirit. You not only refuse to shoot a man, but you refuse to hate him.
In order to pick up the banner of tolerance and acceptance in daily life, the ideal of nonviolence must be held to as a goal. And, as so aptly stated in the above quote, one must learn to set aside hatred to achieve it. It is not enough to say that hatred is wrong…the belief must come from within…without hesitation, unequivocally. In depth self-awareness is necessary to examine the hiding places in which dwell the inkling of hatred. It is a rare few individuals that manage to grow up without some sort of hate, bias, bigotry and racism brushing up against them. Does hate rub off on some one else? Of course it does…just as love rubs off on some one else. I believe that the energy that each person gives off…negative or positive…has an impact on those around us. It takes a conscious effort for some people to do good as a result of their brushes with hatred. It is the intent of good and the rejection of hatred that moves a person toward tolerance and acceptance. People as individuals can change and so can the world. Martin Luther King Jr’s own personal movement toward nonviolence became a positive catalyst which united and changed many, many people. The world is a better place because of his efforts.
Do you find yourself feeling hatred toward another? Perhaps it is time to have a look at why…an in depth look at why. Ask yourself how you came to feel this way? Is it something you can change? The answere to that last one is…Of course you can!