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Six Principles of Nonviolence
by Dr. Martin Luther King


Principle One

Nonviolence is a way of life for courageous people
It is active nonviolent resistance to evil
It is agressive spiritually, mentally and emotionally
It is always persuading the opponent of the righteousness of your cause
It is only passive in its non-agression toward its enemy

Principle Two

Nonviolence seeks to win friendship and understanding
The end result of nonviolence is redemption and reconciliation
The purpose of nonviolence is the creation of the Beloved Community

Principle Three

Nonviolence seeks to defeat injustice not people
Nonviolence recognizes that evil doers are also victims and are not evil people
The nonviolent resister seeks to defeat evil not people

Principle Four

Nonviolence holds that suffering can educate and transform
Nonviolence accepts suffering without retaliation
Nonviolence accepts violence if necessary, but will never inflict it
Nonviolence willingly accepts the consequences of its act
Unearned suffering is redemptive and has tremendous educational and
transforming possibilities.
Suffering has the power to convert the enemy when reason fails

Principle Five

Nonviolence chooses love instead of hate
Nonviolence resists violence of the spirit as well as the body
Nonviolent love is spontaneous, unmotivated, unselfish and creative
Nonviolent love gives willingly - knowing that the return might be hostility
Nonviolent love is active, not passive
Nonviolent love is un-ending in its ability to forgive in order to restore
community
Nonviolent love does not sink to the level of the hater
Love for the enemy is how we demonstrate love for ourselves
Love restores community and resists injustice
Nonviolence recognizes the fact that all life is interrelated

Principle Six

Nonviolence believes that the universe is on the side of justice
The nonviolent resister has deep faith that justice will eventually win:
Nonviolence believes that god is a God of justice