I wonder how many people truly know, acknowledge and embrace the fact that love is more powerful than hatred, acceptance more than fear, and peace more than violence. There is a sense that although we all love all the positive forces in life we tend to trust negative forces as the ultimate power.
To secure peace and stability, we choose violence rather than peace. We choose military force to promote democracy and stability inIraqandAfghanistan, for example, or even in all of the Middle East andNorth Africa. When an injustice is done against us, we choose revenge as a means of justice.
Obviously if you mention that capital punishment has a lot to do with revenge, you will get a strong objection that, no, it is all about the pursuit of justice! Why couldn’t we pursue justice without violence? It is neither easy nor popular.
It was on September 16, 1932 that Mahatma Gandhi began a peaceful protest, in the form of a hunger strike, or “fast unto death” as he called it, against an injustice by the British government. And yes, justice prevailed when the British accepted a settlement that ensured that the underprivileged, “the untouchables”, who Gandhi nevertheless, saw as “Children of God” were not perpetually relegated to a class beyond emancipation.
Mahatma Gandhi demonstrated, again and again, that there is tremendous power in peace and virtually none in violence.