Gates on practicing nonviolence

2 November 2021

I had promised more from Gates, so this is from his second chapter. Three ways to practice nonviolence:

  1. Practice self-care like everything else depends on it.
  2. Make a commitment to do no harm.
  3. Practice kindness, honesty, and generosity all of the time, everywhere, in every circumstance.

Not exactly what you might have expected, right? Yet, if we don’t care for ourselves first, how can we truly care for others? I struggled for many years with the concept of “love others as you love yourself.” I loved others, or so I thought, but I hated myself. Unless we love ourselves, with all our imperfections, we can never truly love others.

As for imperfections, I’ve been working on this blog thing. I wanted the blog page to be a running record of posts, but to do that AND let any of you wanting to read my ramblings know that I’ve rambled, I have to do separate posts. So, I’m going to post and paste my posts onto the blog page. Let’s see how this goes…

2 thoughts on “Gates on practicing nonviolence

  1. I’m sorry to hear of your struggles.
    We all have the same ones.
    In recent years I bought a book on how to love yourself. I didn’t read it.
    I am in a great crisis now in all directions of my life.
    The consolation I have is
    If all you have is God
    You have all you need.

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    1. Not struggling now – I am peace with myself and my life. Sorry you are experiencing crisis in all directions of your life. I’m not sure what that means for you, but I’m glad that you find consolation in your God.

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