One hears language of war here and there as a reaction to acts of terror worldwide. In his opinion column David Van Reybrouck pleads for other forms of resoluteness than war language. Immediately after the attacks in Norway the Prime Minister Stoltenberg pleaded frankly for
“more democracy, more openness, more participation“.
In this climate of violence we need this connective thinking. Violence starts indeed where people allow themselves to be played off against each other and point at innocent people.
Only light can conquer darkness.
Last november ,’Hart boven Hard‘ (Heart above Hard) and other similar organisations have organised simultaneous “silent wakes” in various towns in solidarity with all the victims of terror attacks and wars. Under the common motto “together against hate” the civil movement invites as many people as possible to make a gesture against violence, polarising and terrorism.
Also the youth brigade Tony! takes to the streets in order to commit hopeful attacks. In the autumn they drove through the city and projected connecting messages onto public buildings like the MAS. With this wildbeam action these young people offer a constructive counterweight. They choose for radical hope as a last freedom of the human being. The freedom to choose how we want to deal with the things thrown at us today.
An alternative for fear begins with …. YOU!
Every person who chooses resolutely every day to stay lovingly, to accept dialogue, to choose for encounter, knows that this is not an easy path to take. Resistance, disappointment, desperation are part of it. Resilience is a must. Notwithstanding this MWN summons – already for over 55 years – to choose this path. To keep trusting. Also when it becomes difficult. Because we keep believing in the silent force of many citizens who together keep delivering small , meaningful deeds. As a silent protest.
The Dalai Lama has spread a similar message :
“Violence is a reaction of shortsighted people that have lost the plot. At 81 I believe that violence cannot be solved by prayers or Governments. We have to create change at an individual level and then spread this to your neighbourhood and the society”.
Original Dutch Version /Nederlandse versie: Liefdevol blijven = Geen weg voor softies
- Muslim Grooming (Rape) Gangs and Sharia
- When the wind blows hard on a tree
- Hope does not disappoint us
- If you do pray you shall not be disappointed
- ‘I try to keep my hate in check. If you can’t hate, you can’t love.’
- Resistance (1)
- Resistance (2)
- Defiance vs Resistance
- ‘Let’s pull this humongous tree by the root’
- Goal Setting: It’s the Little Things
- We are Yedikule!
- Tout inclusif
- Revolutionary Internationalism Makes a Comeback in Oakland
- Activist hunting
- Thoughtful Thursdays #115 Three Wishes
- Day 378: Waking Up To Revenge
- I Feel Broken
- What It Looks Like to Be So Happy It Hurts
- Raw Thoughts
- good people
- New Beginnings