Without violence?

By: Yailé Balloqui Bonzon

Email: yaile@juventudrebelde.cu

2012-10-02 | 08:34:04 EST
"Violence is the fear of the ideals of others."
Mahatma Gandhi

Close your eyes and imagine for a minute a peaceful world, where there is harmony, security, there is no heartbreak, where a culture of peace, tolerance, understanding and non-violence is supreme.

If one could stop incitement to rape, kill, or attempt to impose on our neighbors for just 24 hours, the psychological, economic, environmental, benefits of security would extend gradually ... and, of course, this would not be the world we inhabit today.

Possibly never, throughout history, has a tribute to nonviolence been so urgent as today.

The UN chose October 2, the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, leader of the Independence of India and the philosophy and strategy of passive resistance, to establish as International Day of Non-Violence.

The General Assembly resolution, adopted in 2007, states that the date is an occasion to "disseminate the message of non-violence, including through education and public awareness." The resolution reaffirms "the universal relevance of the principles of non-violence" and the desire "to secure a culture of peace, tolerance, understanding and non-violence."

But when we find all types of conflicts around the world, speaking of a day without violence is an elusive utopia in its entirety.

We cannot talk of violence by referring just to the armed act of war, where men destroy each other. That's one way of expressing irrational physical assaults, but in the the world there are other types of violence .... and violations.

We can speak, for example, of the economic: that which exploits others simply because of hoarding wealth and to satisfy whims.

Or, do we not exercise violence when pursuing or marginalizes another race or religion different from ours? Or maybe when we try to impose our way of life or vocation on another, or when we believe we are the perfect mold to imitate and impose it.

All these forms of violence can sometimes hide their character, but ultimately all lead to the same intent of enslavement and of human freedom.

Can we speak today of non-violence in a world where hundreds, thousands of young students in various countries of our continent and beyond its borders, call on their neoliberal governments for their right to an education equally accessible to all, receiving only repression and negativity to their demands?

It will be difficult to achieve that pacific goal today when the world, under the aegis of the United States showing its self-appointment as world policeman, leads and causes social and political imbalances in a Middle East raging against the disrespect for the religion they profess. Or when nations like Syria, Iran, among others, feel threatened by the mere fact of defending what they have built throughout history. Or when intolerance continues building walls instead of building bridges of understanding.

Achieving a world without violence is virtually impossible in a context where an anti-pacifist panorama is promoted from television, the Internet and mass media whose role, on many occasions, is highly detrimental to the good progress of societies concerning the search for peace and the common welfare.

Faced with this scenario, searching for a course truly leading to tranquility, we imagine that October 2 could be the window for change.

Translated by ESTI

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