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Peace Initiatives Guide

Find yourself a truly peaceful cause. Involve yourself in initiatives that prevent crimes against people’s lives. Invest your resources into real programmes, products and services aimed at stopping legal violence, maiming and murder. Under “legal violence…” here and further on refers to the training and usage of security forces (the army, police, special services, justice system etc.), whose...

“Not in my name”. Free unconditional renunciation of citizenship by birth

The first sign of any state’s respect of freedom of conscience and religion is the ability to freely renounce the citizenship that you were assigned at birth. The reasoning for such a decision may be the desire to cease participation in crimes of the state and society of which one, as a citizen, is a part (“Not in my name”). In some countries this involves a lengthy procedure with many impossible...

Civil Peace Tax. Our right to stop financing the murders

What can we oppose to the law, that turns people into murderers? Literally, without any exaggeration… Perhaps, the best choice would be the the law of humility and love: “Acquire the Spirit of Peace and a thousand souls around you will be saved”. But, studying humility, there is no way to put up with killings and mutilation of people. It is just impossible.   It is the time to share...

Abdusalam A. Guseynov: Non-violence isn’t about the world, it’s about the individual

Non-violence can only be properly understood if we view it as a post-violence stage. If we look to the stages of a person’s spiritual elevation, then we can build the following sequence: obedience, reciprocal violence and non-violence. That is, from obedience a person comes to the stage of reciprocal violence, demonstrating their willingness to take up arms. Only once he has overcome this stage...

Costa Rica: 70 years with no army

Without attempting for completeness and correctness, I will allow myself to share observations from meeting this country: with the happiest people on Earth (according to Happy Planet Index); with absence of army for already 70 years – not conscription, and not under contract. Recently, the preview of the annual report of OSAC has came to my attention. It presented unfortunate data:...

Christians and the army. Do you have the right to kill and cripple people?

Is it permissible for a Christian to kill his enemies? What about the enemies of their loved ones and homeland? Is it a sin for a soldier to kill in war? What about crippling someone in a war? What if a police officer kills someone? What if an ordinary citizen does it? Jesus Christ on the protection of life, homeland, and loved ones Let’s figure this out. The saviour of human souls – where and...

Vitaly Adamenko: the Gospel strictly prohibits violence

Russia, Saint Petersburg, February 2017. Exactly 100 years after the armed uprising of Petrograd soldiers and workers, known as the February revolution which led to the overthrow of the autocracy and the events that followed from this. It’s time to pay attention to another event which is directly opposite in its meaning – the non-reciprocation of evil for evil, the non-resistance of evil with...

Do not want to kill people. My story

When I first faced this problem, as well as the dominant very loyal attitude to it in the society, I couldn’t help, but asked myself a question. Why do we live, like nothing happened, knowing, that the price of our tranquility is the fear of violence that we evoke in people, and the very violence itself – cruel, bloody, inhuman? Why does not it worry and hurt us? Hi! My name is Alexander, I...

The village – a personal experience: taxes, safety, the rewards of nonviolence

1. Taxes In the area I now find myself earthquakes are not a rare occurrence. You can hear a rumble underground almost every week, light tremors occur every 3-4 months, and sizable ones are no rarer than once a year. The strongest and longest one that I have experienced was a series of earthquakes lasting two days, with a maximum magnitude of 3.7 on the Richter scale, and the epicentre was only a...

Modern Tolstoyism

Today’s the 7th January – the day of Christ’s birth. No other day is better for talking about people, like our friends, who have consciously changed their outlook on life towards nonviolence and love. I Nonviolence.ru isn’t about Tolstoyism. But it is undoubtedly indebted to the famous writer’s talent and courage. At the beginning of the 20th Century Tolstoy had many followers who were inspired...

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