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Resisting without violence

Updated on August 24, 2008

After several years of exposure to studying about the theory of nonviolent resistance, Martin Luther King Jr. came up with some beliefs concerning this philosophy. One was that nonviolent resistance was the most effective tool of the oppressed people in their mission to seek social justice.

When we say nonviolent resistance, it does not necessarily mean that the individual is afraid. It simply means to resist without creating violence, focusing the attacks on the system itself rather than the people behind it. In addition, nonviolent resisting also suggests accepting acts of violence from the opposite side but not creating any form of aggression against them at all. For the resisters, social transformation is possible through suffering. Another belief is that of the kind of love known as agape. It is an unselfish love because it begins by loving other people, whether friend or foe, as neighbors, for their sakes.

Generally, the path towards social change depends on the intense faith of the resister that the whole of creation is on his side. By believing that an inner force binds the universe as a whole, the resister tends to regain strength and continue to strive for change.


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