by Andre Sheldon
How beautiful a saying, peace on earth? How tranquil and loving?
For one day of the year, many people believe peace on earth can
happen and that a savior can make it happen every day. How
wonderful an idea, a savior? The savior is a concept and idea
which means we are saved by an idea. Therefore, we can find
peace on earth, even amongst all the violence. If we want to try
and stop violence, doesn’t it make sense to follow a doctrine of
Jesus, The Prophet - Muhammad, Gandhi, King, and many other
sages of the past attempted to teach us that nonviolence was the
key to both inner peace and global peace. Have we learned from
these sages? When the time comes, will we know how to be
nonviolent? Can we have peace on earth every day? How do we
interpret the sages’ messages?
To attempt to answer these questions, over the past week I watched and studied the 1982
movie, Gandhi. I learned following a nonviolent path would be difficult, need sacrifice, and
confront mortality, but was possible. The movie confirmed my belief that the world needs
a “Global Strategy of Nonviolence.” Following, in quotes, are words from the movie to
best describe the pragmatic and the idealistic nonviolent path.
Gandhi (in the movie) knew of the inner struggle and there would be anger against the
opposition, but he knew we must “fight the anger, not provoke it.” “An eye for and eye
makes the whole world blind.” “The devils are in your own heart and that’s where the
battles should be fought.”
Gandhi’s reality of trying to bring about change led him to profound
convictions. “Change their minds, not kill them for weakness that
we all possess.” “Resistance must be active and proactive.”
“…must defy authority, not with violence but with a firmness that
will open their eyes.”
Most profoundly of all were Gandhi’s commitment to nonviolence
and the awareness of the risks. Gandhi said, “If we obtain our
freedom (objective) from murder and bloodshed, I want no part of
it.” Gandhi was confronted with people’s fear, violent retaliation
and willingness to die. His response was, “I praise such courage.
I need such courage because in this cause I too am prepared to
die, but my friends, there is no cause in which I am prepared to kill.
Whatever they do to us, we will attack no one, kill no one. They will
imprison us, fine us, seize our possessions, but they cannot take
away our self respect, if we do not give it to them.” “We will not
strike a blow.” “…must prove ourselves worthy.” “Let us take a
solemn oath.” Gandhi’s fellow leaders concurred and declared to
their followers, “We will not raise a hand. They expect us to lose
heart or to fight back. We will do neither.”
Gandhi’s strategy was of non-cooperation and constructive
proposals. I suggest the same for Peace on Earth. I suggest
initiating the “largest, nonviolent” movement the world has ever seen!
First, a global oath of nonviolence, together with a direct action
phase and an awareness campaign. Second, a transition phase
of conflict resolution with a focus on disarmament. Third, a
constructive phase of programs “For the Children” designed for
everyone to work together on a common goal.
Each day our world is becoming more violent and going in the
wrong direction, separating people. The world needs a counter
balance, a movement for world-wide unity and nonviolence, giving
credence to the moderate voice and showing mutual respect.
People around the world are waiting for something different, a new
vision! I am a peace activist, a facilitator, who has designed a strategy
for peace based on nonviolence.
The strategy states: We come in peace, we offer the olive branch, we are not a threat, we
are not enemies, we are all part of the family of the human race, we have common bonds,
we apologize for our misdeeds, we forgive your misdeeds, we need to heal the wounds.
We need an OVERT EXHIBIT OF NONVIOLENCE to bring World Wide Unity, to start a
global action to break down borders and build bridges.
We need all the practical methods to, step by step, find peace. We also need idealistic,
symbolic inspiration. A “Global Strategy of Nonviolence” is a new political philosophy.
Throughout the world, people are realizing there must be world-wide unity – unity based
upon trust and common goals, nobility found through compromise, peace through
nonviolence and love. People can work together. People must show each other that they
are not enemies. Martin Luther King stated, in the Riverside Church speech, “Beyond
Vietnam”, April 4th, 1967, “Every nation must now develop an overriding loyalty to
mankind as a whole in order to preserve the best in their individual societies.”
Mahatma Gandhi said, “Non-violence is the greatest force at the disposal of mankind. It is
mightier than the mightiest weapon of destruction devised by the ingenuity of man.”
How could a strategy of this kind be implemented? Who would be first? Who are the
Andre Sheldon, Member of NOW, WILPF, CODEPINK
|(GS of NV)
In 3 years, we the
people, can change the
PLAN ALL 3 PHASES
Mobilize, in every village,
town, and city,in every
One year awareness
June 21, 2017
+23 scheduled events
The People must be
HEARD, the Moderate
We want the children to
see an overt exhibit of
Programs For the