“Nonviolence is the greatest force at the disposal of mankind. It’s mightier than the mightiest weapon of destruction by the ingenuity of man” Gandhi
Nonviolence is a term used to describe political actions performed without the use of violence. Gandhi was the first in modern times performing such actions against the British Empire while setting India then colony free. Another example is Nelson Mandela in his fight against the Apartheid regime in South Africa. Nonviolence is the opposite of the concept of violence that which violates another living thing either through exploitation, torment, or killing other people.
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The concept of nonviolence is ancient. “Be humble, but not humiliated” is an old Buddhist quote. Proves in most cases violence does not work out as actions in a long term perspective because that what makes us humans is the ability to understand that harming ourselves is wrong, therefore harming others is an unnatural state of mind. It is the only thing that makes us different; we are not self-destructive by nature. Also referred to as Buddha-nature, born into the world without violence, pre-justice, anger, hate or love. Arne Næss, the Norwegian philosopher, climber and Renaissance man developed the deep ecology movement; he used techniques such as nonviolence and passive resistance during their many fights to protect the environment in the 1970s. His eco-philosophy was rooted in early Buddhism, Spinoza, Gandhianism and his experience as a climber leading several expeditions, first accent Tirch Mir (7709 m Pakistan) in 1950, his second accent 1964.
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