Blessing must arise from within your own mind. It is not something that comes from outside. When the positive qualities of your mind increase and the negativities decrease, that is what blessing means. The Tibetan word for blessing … means transforming into magnificent potential. Therefore, blessing refers to the development of virtuous qualities you did not previously have and the improvement of those good qualities you have already developed.
― Dalai Lama XIV
Cops have no answer for a peaceful resistance. As soon as it gets violent, they have truckloads of answers. by Edward Reed (VAP member, thanks Edward, as principles of non-violent resistance guide our group)
When the need for violence arises, I'm down. My understanding is that a person turns to violence when words fail them. I still have lots of words.
And when you're winning, violence only dimminishes your arguments. Our civil rights gains have been landmark. One right after another. The right has gotten furious, as expected. When we get passed this aberration, we'll continue pushing the envelope on civil rights.
The Red Warriors at Standing Rock were always pushing for violent direct actions. The elders presented their cases against, but ultimately, the Red Warriors were their own masters. The Red Warriors brought media attention to the cause, eventually brought a bunch of us veterans to the cause.
I would have argued alongside the elders and against the Red Warriors in camp. Cops have no answer for a peaceful resistance. As soon as it gets violent, they have truckloads of answers.