Thought for the Day, Monday 1st July 2013.

“Anyone can practice some nonviolence, even soldiers. Some army generals, for example,
conduct their operations in ways that avoid killing innocent people; this is a kind
of nonviolence. To help soldiers move in the nonviolent direction, we have to be
in touch with them. If we divide reality into two camps – the violent and the nonviolent
– and stand in one camp while attacking the other, the world will never have peace.
We will always blame and condemn those we feel are responsible for wars and social
injustice, without recognizing the degree of violence in ourselves. We must work
on ourselves and also with those we condemn if we want to have a real impact.
It never helps to draw a line and dismiss some people as enemies, even those who
act violently. We have to approach them with love in our hearts and do our best
to help them move in a direction of nonviolence. If we work for peace out of anger,
we will never succeed. Peace is not an end. It can never come about through non-peaceful
means.”
~Thich Nhat Hanh

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