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Nonviolence is all very well until you’re attacked

This is a widespread point of view among people who are untrained in nonviolence. These are people who did not have good teachers, or good opportunities, or desires to learn. As a result, nonviolence appears to them to be a matter of passivity and powerlessness. Do not be alarmed if these people represent an overwhelming majority in your community. Instead, take the necessary measures — see “Nonviolence — Where do I begin?”

What nonviolence really means is knowing how to avoid conflicts. And if conflicts arise — even direct attacks — nonviolence means to resolve them bloodlessly.

Our resource center is concerned with precisely this: learning how to respond this way. We are ourselves learners. The number of actual teachers is tiny.

The project is divided into these sections:

See also: Nonviolence in Action: Methods and Approaches

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