There are many forms of oppression and violence in society that, for reasons of culture or tradition, remain largely unexamined. Walking the path of holistic nonviolence is about questioning ALL forms of oppression and violence, seeking to better understand their common roots, and choosing alternatives. It is about being unwilling -- directly or indirectly -- to take part in violence, to profit from the harm of others, or to willfully ignore oppression. It is about refusing to intentionally take away the dignity, bodily integrity, freedom, or the life of another individual, no matter how they may differ from ourselves, be they a fellow human or a fellow animal.
Pursuing this path is not about being perfect, but about challenging ourselves to ever expand our understanding of how our actions affect others, and over time, to come closer and closer to the ideal of nonviolence toward all. It is a long term path of self-development, integrity and service. It places a special focus on respecting, advocating for, and, when possible, empowering those who are being oppressed, exploited or killed. Most importantly, it is a path based on cherishing and protecting life, and celebrating the beauty and joy we can create together.
The sections below describe three different modes of expressing holistic nonviolence, with many specific examples for each.
Within the bounds of one's understanding and capability, commitment to protect the integrity of the principles of holistic nonviolence, to teach alternatives to oppression and exploitation, to help heal the trauma of violence, and to expand our collective understanding of what it means to live with care and respect for all.
- Fostering just and respectful forms of community, co-existence and conflict resolution
- Teaching principles of open government and grassroots democracy; exposing government and industry disruption and subversion of justice movements
- Practicing transparent leadership; confronting abusive, corrupt, and dishonest patterns of leadership
- Empowering new activists, and helping them learn how to safeguard their altruistic endeavors from cynicism, exploitation and appropriation
- Dismantling cycles of prejudice, violence and disenfranchisement
- Developing new methods of protest, investigation, legal action, healing, empowerment, reconciliation, and teaching
- Helping create nonviolent and nonexploitative art, entertainment, consumer goods, law, public policy, science and technology
- Studying the history of social movements and teaching the principles of holistic nonviolence
- Creating innovative campaigns that promote physical and mental well being, social and economic justice, and world peace
- Formulating holistic paradigms for individual moral development, social evolution, ecological restoration, and harmonious co-existence between humans and our fellow animals