A Call to Action: A Worksheet to Initiate Thought
ARE YOU PRACTICING NONVIOLENCE?
"We need a new heroic ideal: the brave, truthful, nonviolent individual who is in the service of humanity, (who) resists injustice and exploitation, and (who) leads by appealing to our ideals and our spirit". --Keshavan Nair, A Higher Standard of Leadership.
1. HIGH REGARD FOR LIFE
In what ways do you or your organization practice a reverence for Life by treating people as valuable and precious resources?
How do you nurture the talents and well-being of each person, and promote healthy relationships based on mutual appreciation?
2. COMMUNICATION AND CONCILIATION
In what ways do you or your organization encourage and facilitate the principles of nonviolence (respect, understanding, compassion and reconciliation) as a foundation for interpersonal communication and conflict resolution?
How do you or your organization resolve conflict?
3. AN ALTERNATIVE RESPONSE TO VIOLENCE
In what ways do you or your organization promote non-violent choice and action as an "alternative" response to violence (violent words, violent action, injustice and oppression)?
4. A WAY OF LIFE
How do you or your organization encourage commitment to nonviolence through a personal/spiritual/philosophical/ethical or moral practice?
In what ways do you or your organization support the growth of the "whole" individual (which includes their psychological and spiritual well-being)?
In what ways do you or your organization use nonviolent means to advocate for basic human rights--justice, equality and opportunity for all human beings?
In what ways do you or your organization build community through service?
PRINCIPLES OF NONVIOLENCE
Honoring the dignity and inherent worth of every human being.
Believing that our lives are linked together, that what we do impacts the lives of other people. Therefore, we are responsible to and for one another.
Dedicating ourselves to guaranteeing the fundamental rights of every human being (justice, equity and equality). It means using our talents to empower others as well as ourselves.
Courageously choosing to practice compassion with our apparent adversaries. We oppose injustice, not people.
Recognizing Love as the power of the human spirit to triumph over injustice, social inequity, suffering. This is the hero's journey.
Choosing "non-violence" as a way of life by practicing peace daily.
Embracing the God of our heart in our own personal and reflective way
Enlarging our capacity to embrace differences and appreciate the value of every human life.
Strengthening our resolve to be compassionate in our thoughts, words and actions.
Practicing compassion and forgiveness for ourselves and others
Making choices that honor the sacredness of Life.
Cultivating moral strength and courage through education and creative, non-violent action.
Using our talents to serve others as well as ourselves.
Finding a goal that serves humanity (a service to vision greater than our selves) and dedicating our life to it.