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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...

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...

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...

Non-Violence – Where to begin

1. Away with Aggression 2. Away with Bitterness 3. Final Destination Where to begin? First of all, calm down. If today you don’t find yourself a place away from the awareness of universal fratricide and your own role in it, then believe me it won’t be long and you’ll need serious stimuli in order to maintain this feeling and continue down the path of non-violence. We can talk about this another...

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