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Non-Violence: the Road to Humanitarianism and Pragmatism


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In raising the point that non-violent efforts despite being well intended are ultimately futile, the implication of such a suggestion seems to be that violence is unavoidable, so why bother? Sigmund Freud has even stated, “men are not gentle creatures, who want to be loved, who at the most can defend themselves if they are attacked; they are, on the contrary, creatures among whose instinctual endowments is to be reckoned a powerful share of aggressiveness.” While Beyond Violence’s dedication to non-violent approaches to conflict resolution is unwavering, it does recognize that many individuals hold the position, that violence is intricately part of the human experience. Violence has many forms: physical, sexual and psychological. According to the World Health Organization in its 2002 report to battle violence as a public health issue, violence is defined as “the intentional use of physical force or power, threatened or actual, against a person, or against a group, or community, that either results in or has a high likelihood of resulting in injury, death, psychological harm, mal-development or deprivation.”

Written by Durra Elmaki and published on 28-August-2013




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