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The Violent Life Nonviolence gives power to seek peace and promote justice without harming people or treating them in a violent manner Nonviolence is a philosophy and a means of social political and economic struggle as old as history itself From ancient times to now people have described violence as a means of resolving disputes Many issues and protests are resolved through violence and harm against people The philosophy of nonviolence is closely tied to pacifism Pacifism is a belief that all wars mass violence and oppression that has plagued humanity since the dawn of creation is unjust Non-violence provides the tools and positive ways to oppose and stop wars to resist violence and to seek social justice Non-violence is in a sense the freeing of bloodshed and letting individuals live their potential lives to their fullest Martin Luther King Jr often said that the center of non-violence is where one finds the principle of love Martin Luther King Jr was one of the worlds best-known advocates of non-violent social change strategies he combined ideas drawn from many different cultural traditions Born in Atlanta Georgia on January 15 1929 Kings roots were in the African-American Baptist church Although from an early age King resented religious emotionalism and questioned literal interpretations of scripture he nevertheless greatly admired black social gospel proponents such as his father who saw the church as a instrument for improving the lives of African Americans He became a minister and inspired many people with his speeches and his five written books Martin Luther King Jr was shot in 1968 while standing on the balcony of the Lorraine motel in Memphis Tennessee on April fourth Martin Luther King Jr was one of the many nonviolent activists but he wasnt standing alone many followed his beliefs and were influenced by his judgments and powerful speeches Martin Luther Kings opinions but were one of many including Gandhi who was well
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