Tag Archives: nonviolence

Avoid the unkindness kickback

Rampant unkindness tramples the human spirit. However, kindness can do miracles. It can turn an enemy into a friend. Anything can be expressed with kindness, even the strongest disagreement. Unkindness is the outward reflection of a disturbed heart and mind. … Continue reading

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Fresh & practical thoughts about love overcoming hate

Love is a better way to disagree than hate. Let’s disagree better. Persistent love can transform a foe into a friend. Confronting evil with love is a great weapon against evil. It doesn’t escalate the evil, but exposes it in … Continue reading

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Historical observations about Confederate Statues

There are about 700 Confederate monuments in the United States. Most of them are on public land and were erected in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Some were put up in the mid 1900s as a backlash to the … Continue reading

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Both verbal & physical violence exacerbate problems

Arguing about issues isn’t the same thing as thinking about them. We need to think. Are you going to argue and insult people or are you going to think and inspire them? If what you believe makes you act mad … Continue reading

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Violence is a pain & hate multiplier.

Hostility is the failure to show love. Violence is a pain and hate multiplier. Hostile words, if not toned down, eventually provoke hostile acts. If I speak the politics of Democrats or Republicans and do not have love, I am … Continue reading

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Please don’t make America hate again . . .

Name calling and insults don’t make America great. They stir up hate. True greatness is kind. Please don’t make America hate again (like it did until the Civil Rights Movement made it illegal). The Old Testament prophets would often publicly … Continue reading

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Why “Fight like hell,” when you can fight like Heaven?

People like to, “Fight like hell,” and to embrace destructive conflict. However, fighting like Heaven can turn enemies into friends.When someone uses bullying, force, intimidation, and manipulation to get his way, it usually comes back at him. Christians are called … Continue reading

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When conflict trumps kindness

When conflict trumps kindness, communication collapses and coercion commences. Some people’s only concept of conflict resolution is overpowering their perceived opponent. People can choose to be our enemy and refuse to be reconciled to us, but no one can stop … Continue reading

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Weaponized words enable violence (just ask Cain & Able)

There is both good and bad in every person. Find and focus on the good in everyone and you can love them. Walls in the heart tear people apart. Open hearts connect with caring and compassion. Hard hearts disconnect and … Continue reading

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Inciting hostility prepares the way for violence

Insight appreciates diversity. It doesn’t incite hate or violence. To incite hostility is to prepare the way for violence. Bullying and negotiating are not the same thing. Bullying coerces. Negotiating collaborates. Words motivate. They can be used to inspire kindness … Continue reading

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