“Nonviolence is a powerful and just weapon, which cuts without wounding and ennobles the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals,” said a man with power in his actions and his words. Born in 15th January 1929, Dr Martin Luther King Jr, King Jr, is the son of the Baptist preacher. As a Theologian, King Jr. often used to talk and act on Nonviolence. As much as he is known to the people for being a nonviolence activist, he held many positions and rose to national prominence for his involvement in ending the segregation of African Americans in South as well as the other parts of the United States.
From birth till death, he raised his hands against violence. People all around the world embraced his work named “I Have a Dream” speech. He is considered as one of the strongest and prominent figure in history for his nonviolence tactics and peaceful mode of protest. Along with other significant works, King Jr, in his first book, “Stride Toward Freedom”, portrays his pilgrimage to Nonviolence, how he understands Nonviolence, and how it must be implemented in the society. The following paragraphs will brief about the six various nonviolence principle put forward by King Jr. in his book.
Nonviolence is a method of life for daring people. It can be briefly described as the way to resist evil without being involved in any violence measures. It is also considered as an aggressive of the spiritual, mental, and emotional way of occupying peace.
Nonviolence seeks to win respect and understanding of friendship. The ultimate end of Nonviolence is nothing but redemption and reconciliation, and the primary purpose of nonviolence measure is the creation of the beloved community.
Nonviolence attempts to break injustice, not people. The third principle mainly concentrates on how Nonviolence understands that the wrongdoers are the only victims and are not evil people. The non-violent activist seeks mostly to conquer evil and not the bodies as such.
Nonviolence leads that misery can instruct and transform. Nonviolence process accepts pain without revenge. It also depicts the unmerited distress is redemptive and also has enormous informative and changing opportunities. The fourth principle also believes that the resisters accepts violence if needed, but is sure never to apply it. It also promotes the idea that the suffering has the power to transform to convert the enemy when all the reasons fail.
Nonviolence promotes love than hate. Nonviolent love is unambitious, unselfish, creative, and impulsive. Nonviolence advocate does not descend to the level of the hater. The fifth principle also mentions that love can restore community and resists injustice.
Nonviolence resisters are of the fact that the universe is the face of justice. The resister who resists violence has deep faith that justice will gradually win.