Pacifism, which literally refers to making peace (from pace and facere) is often mistakenly
understood as passivity.

What is called the utopian dream of pacifism is in fact a practical policy
– indeed the only practical, the only realistic policy that there is

Aldous Huxley

What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans, and the homeless,
whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or
the holy name of liberty and democracy?

Mahatma Gandhi

Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that. Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiral of destruction.... The chain reaction of evil — hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars — must be broken, or we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation.
Martin Luther King

pacifism - briefing notes
| our common home | culture of peace | pacifism - what's it all about | nonviolence | people for peace |
on war and morality  |  20th century pacifism  | nonviolence in ww2  | a dialogue  |  perspective  |
conscientious objectiondialogue on power  | 20th century action for peace  |
3000 years of action for peacepacifism and philosophy | pacifism in britain in ww2
selection of books

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