What is the philosophy of non-violence?
The philosophy of non-violence, more commonly known as pacifism,
has many forms. All revolve around the concept that violence cannot
improve the world and therefore is illogical and evil. Some
religions are pacifistic (such as Buddhism and Jainism) and others
have many pacifistic teachings (e.g.: "you shall not kill," from
the Bible, amongst many others) but ones that are frequently
ignored, for some reason I have never understood. There are also
people who believe that violence is wrong or pointless for
non-religious reasons. Search for 'pacifism' on Wikipedia and you
should find more information.There are also some protests that have
been carried out using a non-violent principle. For example, the
Black Rights movement in America was based on non-violent protest,
which highlighted the oppression they suffered when the news showed
images of black protest marchers, including young children, being
beaten and shot with water cannons but offering no retaliation.
Non-violent protests in the fac of agression tend to provoke vast
sympathy and are very effective. Ghandi's work is another excellent
example of peaceful protest.