The way of non-violence requires discipline.  It’s hard in a culture that normalises and even glorifies violence in all forms from the more obvious physical acts of violence down to the verbal attacks and abuses we hurl at one another.  It’s all violence because it all has the intention of doing harm.  If you’re automatic response is to match violent speech with violent speech, you need discipline.  Train yourself.  You are capable.  If you’re angry, be angry.  I understand. But be disciplined.  If you’re outraged, that’s okay.  If you’re sad, frustrated, hurt – it’s okay to feel those things.  You are human. But be disciplined.  We are at a critical juncture.  We cannot afford to lose our cool when it counts the most.  Non-violence demands your maturity emotionally, spiritually and mentally. It demands your willingness to open your heart, throw out snark and cynicism, and strive to live a life committed to peace and love for all your brothers and sisters. Not the just the ones easy to love.

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