Yesterday I mentioned my gratitude for Divinity school. One of the classes I have had the privilege to attend is about the ethics of peacemaking. Tonight, I offer a list of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s principles of non-violence:
1. Non-violence is a way of life for courageous people.
2. Always support non-violent resistance to evil.
3. Non-violence seeks always to win friendship and understanding.
4. Non-violence seeks to bring about reconciliation and redemption. (King had a deep understanding of moving towards a beloved community of true justice based on love and reconciliation).
5. Non-violence seeks to defeat injustice not to defeat persons.
6. Non-violence holds that suffering for a cause educates, transforms, and reforms.
7. Non-violence always chooses love instead of hate.
8. Non-violence resists violence of the spirit, as well as the body.
9. Non-violent love is unmotivated, unselfish, and creative. It is active, not passive. It has the power to restore community. Love is much deeper than sentimentality.
10. Non-violence believes that the universe is on the side of justice. That one day we will live in peace and community with no more war, hatred, or discrimination.