Originally Posted by Emproph
[IMG]Non-violence doesn't mean that we shouldn't tell the UGLY truth. It would be violent to not do so.
Agree! Nonviolence does not mean pacifism. Nonviolence starts with "I"
I will not commit violence upon others (probably the easiest)
I will not allow violence to be committed against me and harm me.
Not easy if you also cannot defend your self from violence with violence. I can't allow violence to happen to me because then I betray my heart. My Heart mistrusts me and separates itself from my conscious mind. I become empty and joyless.
If I allow violence to harm me then that violence gets surrogated to another in my actions or words. My pain collateralizes to the people aound me. So now, if I am suffering, not committing violence against others now becomes not so easy!
So not allowing violence to harm me takes practice, Believe me!
So one way to reveal the ugly truth of the religious right is Express the Beauty of intimate love and compassion between same gender folk. In advertisement, art, newspapers and our everyday lives.
We are teachers. We teach other people how to treat us by our example of how we treat our hearts and the hearts of the ones we love. Explore compassion for your own heart and express it unhindered by concerns of rejection.
Live openly and comfortaly neither covering because of fear of scrutiny nor deliberaterlly appearing antagonistic. It may take practice at first for many of us, but in the end folks respect courage and depolarizewhen they see someone's compassionate feelings