During the election campaign, we heard a lot about “law and order” as something to be valued and pursued. This is usually illustrated by news videos of riots, looting, fires, gunshots, and screaming sirens. But Ghandi, one of the world’s greatest peacemakers, said, “Humankind has to get out of violence only through nonviolence. Hatred can be overcome only by love. I believe in the infinite possibilities of the individual to develop nonviolence. The more you develop it in your own being, the more infectious it becomes until it overwhelms your surroundings and, by and by, might over-sweep the world.” How can we develop nonviolence in ourselves and our surroundings? What can we do to influence the media to help us visualize nonviolence? Can we persuade opinion makers to establish law and order in positive rather than hate-filled ways?
By Mary Jackle, OSB