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Living Nonviolently

For many, including myself, practicing nonviolence not only means that an individual does not and will not participate in violent behavior, words, or other actions, but also that an individual must cease to hate. There needs to be room for everyone in the heart. The individual must care for everyone, all neighbors, not just the ones we immediately recognize as such. The individual must take steps to love even those whose opinions drastically differ from one's own, and those with which one strongly disagrees. Nonviolence must transcend the physical and become mental as well. There is no room for animosity in a completely nonviolent life. This means that nonviolent individuals must also care for those who do not practice nonviolence. One can easily believe in the concept of nonviolence, but how easy is it to live nonviolently?

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