Finally, another outside source to help solve our problems.

            Finally, I had one quote that I found
interesting from Dorothy Day. She said, “When you love people you see the good
in them” (Day, “Love is the Measure”, 1). I thought it was true in all
situations. When we decide to love everyone, we can stop seeing the bad and
start to see the good in everyone. This can enable us to communicate
nonviolently because we see there is good even if that other person is doing
something we do not like.

            I was also interested to find out
that the easiest way to be nonviolent when having conflict is be negotiate. I tend
to see negotiation as people arguing and it can quickly lead to this. If more people
would learn proper negotiation skills and learn how to negotiate without
violence, I think we would all benefit. We would be able to solve problems without
going to courts or bringing in another outside source to help solve our
problems. In Beginning Nonviolence, there
is another part that says, “all Quaker business meetings have been conducted by
consensus for over 350 years” (Looney and Sproat, 46). This was interesting to
me because I want to research the Quakers for my research project. The Quakers
are a nonviolent religious group and they have been for as long as they have
been a group. They do this by using nonviolent communication and coming to a
consensus that everyone or almost everyone agrees on.

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            One of the readings that stood out
to me the most was the Blueprint for
Revolution. This stood out to me so much because of how quickly a
government and city can be wiped out. The Maldives were being run under a dictatorship
and the only thing keeping this government afloat was the beautiful waters and
resorts. One day a wave came and changed all of this by flooding much of the city
and rendering it inhabitable. This caused the city to need assistance, but the
only people willing would be the western governments who were all democracies. The
dictator was forced to allow free elections in return for help with his country
(Popovic, 54-76). This was surprising to me because no one saw the government changing
any time soon and with one wave from nature the government was forced to change
at least a little bit. I think it would be interesting to see how many other dictatorships
either refused help because they were given a similar offer or deeded to take
an offer like this to help the people and country.


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