International Day of
“Non-Violence is the greatest force at the disposal of humankind” – Mahatma Gandhi.
We humans, we can get pretty destructive when we want to. Looking at the current situation in Ukraine is enough to take an idea; dead people, destroyed towns and villages, people suffering… Have we ever thought about what “is the greatest force at the disposal of humankind” to act upon violence? The answer to that question is non-violence!
peace is a matter of attitude
But how we, humans, can adopt non-violence attitudes?
Is it something that can be taught? Is it something that can be cultivated? Is it something that we are born with? Non-violent behaviours can be nurtured in every individual within their families by developing altruistic behaviours and attitudes towards anything that does not flow with the norm, towards anything that is different from us, from our nation, traditions, mentality and attitudes. Peace starts with empathy, compassion, understanding, care, not hating, not excluding and not discriminating against.
A few words about the International Day of Non-Violence
The International Day of Non-Violence is observed on 2 October, the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, leader of the Indian independence movement and pioneer of the philosophy and strategy of non-violence.
According to General Assembly Resolution A/RES/61/271 of 15 June 2007, which established the commemoration, the International Day is an occasion to “disseminate the message of non-violence, including through education and public awareness“. The resolution reaffirms “the universal relevance of the principle of non-violence” and the desire “to secure a culture of peace, tolerance, understanding and non-violence“.
Coordinated efforts could generate positive change by focusing on prioritizing education and social awareness. These initiatives, taken together, may be able to create new opportunities for global stability. Many of our new European Erasmus+ Projects, focus on this exact direction: on non-violence & creation of new opportunities!
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