Pacifistic

Definitions: (1) characterizes one who opposes war and the military solution; one who proposes all disputes be settled by arbitration and other means; (2) nonviolent; peaceable

Balancing Qualities: Humor, Luck, Strength

Compatible Qualities: compromising, courage, moral conviction, objectivity, patience

Familial Quality: Satyagraha (Sanskrit): literally “insistence on truth” or “truth force” [pressure for social and political reform through friendly passive resistance]

People Who Exemplify This Quality:

  • Mohandas Gandhi (1869-1948) Political and Ideological Leader of India
  • The Quakers: The Religious Society of Friends

Inspiration: Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910) at the age of fifty experienced a religious conversion to the Gospel of Peace and lived his last thirty years preaching the ethic of nonviolence.

Comment: To make political pacifism work there must be unity, loyalty, daring, and mutual respect.

Advice: Remember there is personal pacifism and political pacifism. Do not castigate yourself if you are not Gandhi with his combination of personal and political aplomb. Your personal belief, that might does not make right, is laudable. Do what you can in your daily life to live peaceably.

Bibliography: The true story of effective nonviolent resistance to Nazism. The townspeople sheltered, and saved the lives of, many hundreds of Jews even though the penalty was deportation or death. — Philip P. Hallie (1922-1994) Lest Innocent Blood Be Shed: The Story of The Village of Le Chambon and How Goodness Happened There