“From Principles to Practice” – Constructive Programme
In the last video of The Metta Center’s “From Principles to Practice” video series, Professor Michael Nagler talks about Gandhi’s Constructive Programme theory.
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You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.
La violencia solamente daña a quienes ya están dañados...En vez de revelar la brutalidad del opresor, la justifica.
You never change anything by fighting the existing. To change
something, build a new model and make the existing obsolete!
The first principle of nonviolent action is that of non-cooperation with everything humiliating.
The thing about nonviolence is that when you step out of the shower, you are fully armed.
Rev. Bernard Lafayette
Violent revolutions usually only mean a change of personnel at the top.
I was a prisoner, but I always felt free because I was not frightened… So for me real freedom is freedom from fear.
Aung San Suu Kyi
I freed a lot of slaves. I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves.
The greatest radicals are all revolutionaries of the heart.
Building cultures of peace is long-haul work, undramatic and unheralded, and often infinitely tedious, and most of the people doing it probably don’t even think of themselves as practitioners of nonviolence. Maybe it’s time they did.
Carol Lee Flinders
Love grows with practice; there is no other way.
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