Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Religion brigades

Here's an idea on how to recruit motivated Satyagrahi for the United Nations. Ask various religions to contribute brigades.

We could have a Quaker brigade, a Mennonite brigade, a special Catholic order of monks and nuns, Buddhist monks and nuns, a Hindu "Gandhi Brigade", a Moslem "Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan Brigade", a Humanist brigade, a Unitarian Universalist brigade, etc.

Volunteers in these brigades would not only be motivated by devotion to non-violence and world peace, but to their faiths and their pride in their religions.

Friday, November 2, 2007

Professional Satyagraha?

If the world or some nation has a professional Satyagraha force, and the members are paid, will that change their level of dedication?

If people get paid to put their lives on the line, like soldiers, we may presume that some will do it for the money, at least in part. They may like the job fine, as long as it's not too dangerous. But true Satyagraha may involve putting your life on the line in a very dangerous situation.

Will people who do it as a job be able to do that? I know soldiers do it, but they can hide behind guns and body armor, and hope they kill the enemy before the enemy kills them.

This is an important question.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Why does India have armed forces?

Gandhi led India to independence using Satyagraha. Gandhi and his disciples showed the world how this is done.

Gandhi was assassinated just as India gained independence.

The new Indian government then proceeded to build a large armed forces, fight wars with Pakistan and China, and eventually acquire nuclear weapons.

Why is that? Why didn't the leaders who learned from Gandhi develop non-violent strategies for defending India?

Today the non-violent movement to free neighboring Burma/Myanmar from an oppressive military dictatorship is hampered by India continuing to trade with the Myanmar regime.

This is sad.