Personal Violence

“Nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral questions of our time; the need for mankind to overcome oppression and violence without resorting to oppression and violence. Mankind must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression, and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.” – Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Most people do not grasp the breadth of violence that Dr. King admonished so frequently. Much like his nonviolent forefathers Gandhi and Thoreau, King saw the depth of nonviolence permeating daily interactions that extend far beyond physical melee. Instead, the lessons of Dr. King extend far into the hearts and minds of everyday folks who think we’re above such brutish and aggressive acts. And these actions and interactions reveal the very nature of society today, emotionally, socially, culturally, educationally…

Today’s post is simple, as I want to challenge you, my reader, to look at your own life and examine it for violence. What thoughts are you thinking? What interactions are you having? What perspectives do you keep, what songs do you sing, and what ideas are yours that are truly violent at their core?

We each have a responsibility to develop our personal ability to overcome violence throughout our lives. Lets start, now.

Written by Adam Fletcher, this article was originally posted to Learn more at!

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For almost two decades, Adam F. C. Fletcher has led international outreach focused on engaging people successfully. Working with thousands of youth-serving nonprofits, K-12 schools, government agencies, international NGOs and other organizations around the world, his work spans the fields of education, public health, economic development and social services, and includes professional development, public speaking, publishing, social media and more. He founded the Freechild Institute for Youth Engagement, SoundOut and CommonAction, as well as writing more than 50 publications and 500 articles. He has also established 150-plus community empowerment projects.

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