Session 8



In practicing nonviolent activism, two guides call us toward liberation: the healer and the tactician.


If loving-kindness does not lead to good strategy, we may be exchanging courage for comfort.


If our tactics foreclose loving-kindness, we may lose our souls on the road to liberation.


Our struggle can be as practical as it is tender. Soft feathers and a light touch may get us there. And sometimes we need talons and tough scales. Either way, our ancestors are proud if head-and-heart, healer-and-tactician, are present.



  1. What is difference between loving-kindness and being nice?

  2. Can we be both loving and aggressive?

  3. How do you feel when using your boldest or most creative strategies?

  4. Do you find the body of thought surrounding nonviolent activism limiting or freeing? Why?