Thinking of Gaza: Ahimsa to the nth degree

Nothing on earth can resist an absolutely nonresistant person.

~ Florence Scovel Shinn

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12 thoughts on “Thinking of Gaza: Ahimsa to the nth degree

  1. “Today I saw a picture of a weeping Palestinian man holding a plastic carrier bag of meat. It was his son. He’d been shredded (the hospital’s word) by an Israeli missile attack – apparently using their fab new weapon, flechette bombs. You probably know what those are – hundreds of small steel darts packed around explosive which tear the flesh off humans. The boy was Mohammed Khalaf al-Nawasra. He was 4 years old”.
    http://stopwar.org.uk/news/today-i-saw-a-weeping-palestinian-man-holding-a-plastic-bag-of-meat-it-was-his-son#.U-MFwenlq74

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    • I get why people have posted this story in various places. I also have reservations about its posting. It feels obscene to me that we use these stories of utter horror in an attempt to wake us up. We’re using this man and his son as a tool, an object. I also don’t see that stories of horror do the work required: to create a new possibility for Gaza and Israel, a possibility that creates a new future for them to live into.

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  2. Narelle,

    All I can say is: if this isn’t HELL, I ‘m not sure what is. If it wasn’t GAZA, it would be someplace else, somebody else, another atrocity, another child, another shooting.

    Sometimes, I can’t take one more day of this….

    xxx

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    • I agree, Kimmy. The violence, horror and war in many parts of the world is Hell. This is what the Bible’s speaking of, and it’s not some fairytale destination for the “people who’ve been bad” after death. It’s here, now. xxx

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      • Narelle,
        I’ve been keeping up w/ Isis, too, and cried when I saw the video of them shooting man after man in the head. I thought, “Haven’t we learned? Haven’t we seen? Germany, Rwanda, Syria….?” And then I thought, “O, Kay, I’m glad you’re at peace in paradise. I will not be sad to meet you!” What can we do, Narelle, to make the world better? I often wonder WHAT CAN WE DO?

        LOVE! xxxxx

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      • Kimmy, I’ve been thinking the same thing. How can I make a difference??? I’ve been thinking since I read your comment … it’s going to take love, the biggest getting-present-to-love there may ever have been and it occurred to me we could start a Love Army and you could mobilise the people of the US and I could mobilise the people of Australia and we could have others mobilise their countries and we could be in such a way that it makes a difference in the middle east, and makes a difference in such a way that Sunni, Shia, Israeli get complete with their past, ie, have their past put back in the past where it belongs, instead of out there in their futures. Let’s keep enquiring how we can make a difference! xxx

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    • Interesting questions and I’m going to read them as rhetorical because forcing or strong-arming is just more violence.

      I was thinking of Gandhi and what he, one man, made possible in India. He overthrew an “occupying” country much mightier in resources than his own. And he did it through non-resistance (or ahimsa which, as I understand it, meant non-violence taken to the nth degree or profound non-violence (I know you don’t like the word radical so I won’t use it)).

      You know, on the weekend in the Forum, what we all experienced as one in the room on Sunday afternoon was the state of absolute non-resistance: nothing to fix, nothing missing, total acceptance of what is so. That is peace. It’s the profoundest power in the universe.

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      • I totally agree. And so many people think that taking the path of peace is weakness, not strength. But it take so much strength to forgive and have the courage to put down your defenses…

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    • I just thought of another situation. Think what Archbishop Tutu and Mandela made possible in South Africa after the fall of apartheid. When setting up the Truth and Reconciliation Commission they chose non-resistance, ie, people who testified would receive immunity from punishment. They gave up the desire to punish, gave up resistance, and out of it a new country was born.

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