“Nonviolence” does not merely mean to refrain from violence. Violence erupts when one person blames another for a problem or conflict. Conversely, nonviolence is a way of life in which one acknowledges, “Let me be the one to change first.” If this spirit were to be embraced, how much more at peace would our families and society itself be?
“Thank you” is the essence of nonviolence. It contains respect for the other person, humility and a profound affirmation of life.
No matter how just the cause or in whose name it is wielded, the use of force inscribes bitterness in the hearts of the next generation and risks entrenching and perpetuating conflict.
Nonviolence is the highest form of humility; it is supreme courage.
One who never uses violence is strong, and a person of true courage.
The real struggle of the twenty-first century will not be between civilizations, nor between religions. It will be between violence and nonviolence. It will be between barbarity and civilization in the truest sense of the word.
To end the human institution of war and relegate it to history along with such barbarous practices as slavery―at one time also considered a natural and inevitable, “part of human nature"―we must establish respect for the inviolable dignity of human life as the core value of our age.