“Power based on love is a thousand time more effective and permanent than the one derived from fear of punishment.” ~ Gandhi, CWMG, 26:563
Nonviolence is a science. It is subject to prediction and control, like any natural force. That we understand it less well than other forces says nothing about the force itself, only about our need for growth. To believe that anger and fear are reliable forces while their opposite, nonviolence or “love in action,” is not, is simply bad science—and even worse politics.
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