We often talk about the values of tolerance and compassion, which we value highly.
Tolerance is a key value of the United Nations. The UN General Assembly established the International Day of Non-Violence in 2007 to:
“disseminate the message of non-violence, including through education and public awareness”
The annual International Day of Non-Violence is held on Mahatma Gandhi birthday. Gandhi, a lawyer, favoured non-violent resistance when leading the Indian independence movement. Gandhi’s work prompted further campaigns for civil rights.
Gandhi is a global symbol of non-violence, freedom and tolerance. He may be the best-known practitioner of non-violence. He himself can be quoted as saying:
“Non-violence is the greatest force at the disposal of mankind. It is mightier than the mightiest weapon of destruction devised by the ingenuity of man”
There are a great number of other cultural leaders who can be noted for their emphasis on non-violence and tolerance. To get you inspired, read some quotes from Martin Luther King Jr., John Lennon and the like here.
In taking part in the observance, people often raise awareness and education of the philosophy of non-violence with news articles and broadcasts, public discussions, exhibitions, awareness campaigns, ceremonies and prayer.
On this day (and every day), we should:
- Reflect on the importance of non-violence as a problem-solving strategy;
- Consider the dangers of violence, being the enemy of peace and tolerance;
- Research non-violence principles and practices;
- Talk about non-violence; and
- Practice tolerance.
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