Friday, October 03, 2008

The Day of Non Violence

" When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall — think of it, always. What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans, and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty and democracy?
An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.
There are many causes that I am prepared to die for but no causes that I am prepared to kill for."

Mahatma GandhiThe Story of My Experiments with Truth, 1927

Yesterday is an International Day of Non Violence, the date of Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday. UN had chosen the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi’s because Mahatma Gandhi is a leader of the Indian independence movement and pioneer of the philosophy and strategy of non-violence.

Many of us had heard or read about Ahimsa, the basis of Gandhi’s struggle against British rule to fight for the Independence of India, where this concept also adopted by Martin Luther King Jr to win civil right for African Americans and Cesar Chavez to protest the treatment of farms in California.

The concept where the execution needs patience and perseverance; patience to loose the dignity when others look down, patience to stay with mental state of no hatred; perseverance to keep the concept live, perseverance to fight with the evil.

It’s been more than hundred years since God spread the concept, the concept to love others, the concept of to let go the anger, let go the hatred from our self, the concept treat somebody like we want to be treated.

The concept that so difficult to implement in our daily life, otherwise there’s no issue of child or woman abuse, there’s no issue of violence in marriage life, there’s no issue of bullying, there’s no issue of violence within majority versus minority.

But we can not create pessimistic environment around us, can we ? As in the concept of Ahimsa, we have to fight for the better world, fight without violence.

How do we win a better world, with lesser violence for not saying without violence ? I’ve read somewhere in a magazine to commemorate International Peace Day in September, that if we focus our self into the difference, then for the rest of our life we can not find the solution; we will be trapped in the difference. We also have to let our self as a good listener, otherwise we push others to listen to us, to agree with us. Whilst at the same time, we must be able to let the hatred out of our self; we have to be a forgiven person.

We are human, so there’s no doubt that differences always there, run in our blood. But as long as we agree that sometimes we have to agree for the disagreement then I believe that our dream for better world will come true.

Same as religion, there are lot of religion out there, and as human, religion also has differences. As long as we agree that we are different whilst at the same time we agree that we also have the similarity, then I don’t think that we should fight to push others to agree with our believe.

Hey, looks who’s talking ?

Yes, it’s me who’s talking. I’m still struggling to be a good listener, struggling of not pushing others to listen to me, struggling to not look at the difference, and many things also.

As I’ve written somewhere in my post, the creation of better world should come from our self first then to our inner circle before finally united with other part of the world.


Bagus Arya Wirapati said...

Ahh.. An inspiring post. I believ is the only way to achieve peace is when we can accept our differences. But, really, those who are ready for peace must ready for war.

tere616 said...

Wirapai : I try to understand the last part of your sentence "those who are ready for peace must be ready for war". If we're ready for peace then it means that we have the understanding or at least agree for disagreement.

Bagus Arya Wirapati said...

Well, just wanna say that there are no absolute peace in this world. So, we prepare for war when peace. Si Vis Pacem Para Belium - To prepare for peace, prepare for war