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BK Blog Post
Posted by Michael Nagler.
Michael is founder and president of the Metta Center for Nonviolence and the author of Our Spiritual Crisis and The Search for a Nonviolent Future, which received a 2002 American Book Award and has been translated into several languages.
“Unity among the different races and the different communities belonging to different religions of India is indispensable to the birth of national life.” ~ Gandhi, CWMG, xxvi, p. 241
Substitute different political outlooks and change “birth” to “rebirth,” and you have a perfect description of our own need today. The advance of human evolution—and the health of a given society—are always measured in how far people have gotten in realizing the unity of life. Those who play on intolerance of whatever differences for whatever purposes they think they’re serving by doing so are not only causing misery but pushing humanity backwards on the course of our evolution. On the other hand, appealing to the sense of unity, which is exactly what a nonviolent actor does, is often powerful precisely because it beckons back to the path where, on one level or other, we all know we belong: the path to being one family.
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Stephanie Van Hook, the Metta Center’s executive director, launched Daily Metta in 2015 as a way to share Gandhi’s spiritual wisdom and experiments with nonviolence.
Our 2016 Daily Metta continues with Gandhi on weekdays. On weekends, we share videos that complement Michael Nagler’s award-winning book, The Search for a Nonviolent Future: A Promise of Peace for Ourselves, Our Families, and Our World. To help readers engage with the book more deeply, the Metta Center offers a free PDF study guide.