The miracle is not to fly in the air, or to walk on the water, but to walk on the earth.

~Chinese Proverb~

Protests, passion, and change: Do your emotions rule you or fuel you?

May 22, 2012

Historically, both small and significant changes have started with anger or outrage over an injustice, or a need unmet. People use channels available to them, such as protests, to make their sentiments heard and felt. If that does not work and people know of no other recourse, violence can erupt.

Since the U.S. became an independent nation through protest and violence, this is undoubtedly an effective way to make changes; bloody, but effective. 

A persistent protest also leads to change. These changes tend to come by way of the tortoise, taking a generation or two, such as women getting the right to vote. It seems passion, like a river, eventually modifies what it touches, and there may be treacherous whirlpools and rapids along the way.

Gandhi’s nonviolent means of creating change took a few years, but it worked. Though a peaceful movement, it was a slippery slope. Gandhi may have experienced anger, or rage, but he didn’t act it out or incite others to. His love, or compassion for life gave his passion for India’s freedom its direction. 

Passionate peace proved to be effective because feelings took a secondary position. Gandhi’s emotions were subservient to his priority of respect for life, the antithesis of acting out of hate.

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