International Day of Non-Violence
On October 2nd, world wide we celebrate International Day of Non-Violence. This day was announced in June of 2007 to commemorate the amazing humanitarian work of Mahatma Gandhi by disseminating the message of non-violence, including through education and public awareness. October 2nd was chosen for this day as it is the birth day of Gandhi. Though Mahatma Gandhi was born 147 years ago, his message and methods still carry strong with us today.
What Happens On International Day of Non-Violence
In New Delhi, India, there will be floral tributes offered to the Gandhi’s memorial. Commemorative ceremonies and prayers will take place in colleges and government organizations. There will also be community events organized with themes related to peace, non-violence and celebrating Gandhi’s role in the Indian freedom struggle.
Why Non-Violence Is So Important In Today’s Society
We currently live in a volatile time. By and large, eople are being persecuted because of their beliefs, political affiliation, gender, skin color, religion, sexual preference and more. Violence is on the rise against simple loving people who are trying to lead what they consider to be normal lives. In a current political state with our President, it’s becoming more and more difficult to voice your concerns and opinions without being ridiculed on social media and/or attacked in person. Still, we must preach that love is love for one another. If we have disagreements or need to be heard, we can peacefully protest but we shouldn’t be attacked.
Is Violence Ever The Answer?
No, it is not. Violence is barbaric and accomplishes nothing. It’s an attempt at a quick fix. There is no compromise, no issues being heard and nothing really being resolved. There are issues in this country and worldwide. If we attempt to resolve them in a peaceful manner by listening to each other and trying to sympathize with one another, we will succeed. You have to understand why someone is feeling the way that they do. Therefore, we need to listen to them and what they have to say. There’s a reason for it and you can try to work with them to resolve the situation.
Where Do We Go From Here?
Peaceful protests and mediation are just a start. This goes beyond taking a knee like professional sports athletes are doing. It’s great that they’re trying to show unity and come together to show their disapproval of the current state of this country. However, they must do more. We must all do more. Write to your congressman. Attend city council meetings. Meet with your local community members and local chambers. Talk to your co-workers and neighbors. We all have to listen to each other to try to make things work. The best part is that we can achieve peace with non-violence.
What have you found to be the most effective way of communicating your thoughts? I’d love to hear from you on how we can make this world a better place for all of us.
For now, please enjoy this famous speech of Mahatma Gandhi at Kingsley Hall, London in 1931. Happy Birthday to you Gandhi and thank you.