“I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent.” So said Mohandas Gandhi.
But the question still remains: how do you deal with a bully without resorting to violence and becoming a thug? In a superb TEDtalk, peace activist Dr. Scilla Elworthy maps out the skills we need — as nations and individuals — to fight extreme force without using force in return. To answer the question of why and how non-violence actually works, she refers to the usual heroes of the non-violent movement — Aung San Suu Kyi, Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela — and the personal philosophies that underpinned their peaceful protests.
Here is Elworthy’s thoughtful and informative talk: