Family Farm Defenders (Kansas Chapter)

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Ghandi's Ten Priniples of Nonviolent Social Change and the Food Movement

Ghandi's Ten Priniples of Nonviolence and the Food Movement

Is there a way the Food Movement can use Gandhi's Ten Principles of Nonviolent Social Change to transform our food and agriculture systems to truly healthy, just, fair and sustainable systems that provide livelihoods with dignity for food and farm workers alike? 

Gandhi's ten principles of nonviolence:
1. Humiliating or deliberately provoking your opponent invites violence.

2. Knowing your facts and arguments will helps avoid violence.

3. If you are open about your cause your opponent is less likely to be violent.

4. Look for common ground between you and your opponents to promote trust and understanding.

5. Do not judge others.

6. Trust your opponent. They will sense this trust.

7. Compromise on inessential items to promote resolution.

8. Sincerity helps convert your opponent.

9. By making personal sacrifice you show your sincerity.

10. Avoid exploiting weakness in your opponent. Aim for integrity, not simply to win.

We at ecology action presume to add this: The next unexpected tense situation you find yourself in, try copying this prescription for group harmony and anonymously pinning it up somewhere it can be seen. You will be surprised by its effect as everyone who notices finds themselves automatically agreeing with its common sense albeit idealistic and often unachievable in total.

In the process of so agreeing each person actually opens a door to tolerance and a new idea of how to relate to their protagonists ... in the work place, the home, in politics or where ever. But notice Gandhi was not passive. He promoted peaceful confrontation of injustice.

In our world there are endless causes for peaceful confrontation especially in an environmentally unsustainable western world.


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