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Posted by Michael Nagler.
Michael is founder and president of the Metta Center for Nonviolence and the author of Our Spiritual Crisis and The Search for a Nonviolent Future, which received a 2002 American Book Award and has been translated into several languages.
“Individual Civil Disobedience among an unprepared people and by leaders not known to or trusted by them is of no avail, and mass Civil Disobedience is an impossibility.” ~ Gandhi, Young India, January 9, 1930
Because we are unschooled in civil disobedience, or almost any dimension of nonviolence, we often rush into actions with only superficial imitations of the models we know a bit about from the more famous campaigns. The capacity for nonviolence is part of our evolutionary inheritance, but the practice of it in the modern world needs as much cultivation as the capacity to speak a language, though we’re born with the capacity to do so.
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Stephanie Van Hook, the Metta Center’s executive director, launched Daily Metta in 2015 as a way to share Gandhi’s spiritual wisdom and experiments with nonviolence.
Our 2016 Daily Metta continues with Gandhi on weekdays. On weekends, we share videos that complement Michael Nagler’s award-winning book, The Search for a Nonviolent Future: A Promise of Peace for Ourselves, Our Families, and Our World. To help readers engage with the book more deeply, the Metta Center offers a free PDF study guide.