On non-violence and conflict

Non-violence has been preached over and over again, politically, religiously, by various leaders that you have had. Non-violence is not a fact; it is just an idea, a theory, a set of words; the actual fact is that you are violent. That is the fact. That is “what is”. But we are not capable of understanding “what is”, and that is why we create this nonsense called non-violence. And that gives rise to the conflict between “what is” and “what should be”. All the while you are pursuing non-violence you are sowing the seeds of violence. This is so obvious. So, can we together look at “what is” without any escape, without any ideals, without suppressing or escaping from “what is”? … [click on title to read and view more]

Responding To Organizational Conflict

By Will Hall The extraordinary hope we invest in idealistic projects can even sometimes make things worse: the more we believe our group is the answer to a world gone wrong, the more our world does go wrong when the group unravels. As we feel circled by enemies and victimized by mistreatment, we spawn a terrible shame: the feeling that there must be something basically at fault with us and even our movement. Our core values are shaken, and we risk giving up our aspirations for change. We can burn out, turning our backs activist organizing entirely. … [click on title to read and view more]

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