Tomorrow (or today, or some time ago, depending on when you read this) is the International Day of Non-Violence.
What is that?
It’s a UN Observance, held on Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday, dedicated to “the universal relevance of the principle of non-violence” and the desire “to secure a culture of peace, tolerance, understanding and non-violence”.
Okay, but how does that relate to my life?
The reality is that most people in the Western world do not experience the kind of conflict that those in other countries do.
We may not experience this violence or conflict but we should oppose it. Take, for example, the Iranian Resistance members who, until last month, were living in Camp Liberty in Iraq.
They are the peaceful opposition to a dangerous Regime that destabilises the entire Middle East. They surrendered their weapons in 2002, they were given protected status by the UN under the Geneva Convention and still, they were subject to constant attacks until they were moved to safety in Albania.
We cannot keep allowing crimes like this to happen and it is our responsibility, as fellow humans, to oppose violence and work towards peaceful solutions to conflicts.
“There are many causes that I am prepared to die for but no causes that I am prepared to kill for.”
The Story of My Experiments with Truth, 1927