Published On: Fri, Jul 26th, 2019

Living A Life of Nonviolence

Believing in nonviolence and practicing it involves more than speaking out against societal problems. Nonviolence can be practiced in many ways in a person’s daily life, including discipline, education, and in an individual’s purchasing power.

Nonviolent Discipline

In the past, some forms of discipline and conflict resolution commonly used in the home, such as spanking, have now become viewed as violent or abusive.

Alternative forms of discipline for those striving to live nonviolent lifestyles could include time outs, special apologies, or revocation of privileges.

On a greater level, a nonviolent practice used to solve conflicts on a group level is restorative justice. According to the United States Department of Justice, restorative justice is a practice that reorients the goals of a justice system. Instead of focusing on punishing a wrong doer for what has been done, restorative justice looks at having both the offender and the victim address how the act has affected the relationship between two or more parties and then working to repair the relationship.

Instead of giving empty punishments, sitting down with children or parties who have done something wrong and using restorative justice techniques can help resolve the problem, but also help those involved understand why he or she should not do that again.

Nonviolent Education

Using nonviolence in education has become a tricky concept. Some believe that, by implementing nonviolence in the education system, that competition should be removed by not assigning grades to school work and instead focus on grasping concepts.

Living A Life of Nonviolence

Others believe that it is going to be hard to try to implement nonviolence in the classroom without large-scale changes to the educational system.

One way to incorporate nonviolence in the classroom is to use a restorative justice concept called talking circles. When a group of students has a conflict, take an object that can be easily held and passed around. Talk about what is going on in the conflict, how everyone feels, and how to solve the issue one person at a time. Only the participant holding the object can speak and no one is allowed to interrupt. Participants must use respectful language and not accuse other people who may or may not be involved in the situation.

Socially Responsible Business

Supporting business that use socially responsible practices is another way to live a nonviolent lifestyle. Purchasing locally grown foods that have had a low impact on the environment is an easy and delicious way to start using purchasing power responsibly.

Another way is to look for businesses which purchase goods from workers who have been compensated appropriately and are treated in a dignified way. Sometimes, this may be difficult in areas that do not have a lot of commerce, but looking into companies with statements on human rights and dignity, such as Starbucks, can be a start.

Living a nonviolent life does not mean that a person has to constantly be involved in protests and peaceful demonstrations. Nonviolence starts in the home, and by living a life that respects the dignity of all individuals, the work that is done at home can have a greater impact far beyond one person’s lifestyle choices.

About the Author

- Paul Linus is an eminent online journalist who has been writing news, features and editorials on different websites from across the world for about a decade. He can be contacted at knowledgeherald@gmail.com

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