CategoryNonviolence

Costa Rica: 70 years with no army

Without attempting for completeness and correctness, I will allow myself to share observations from meeting this country: with the happiest people on Earth (according to Happy Planet Index) with absence of army for already 70 years – not conscription, and not under contract. Recently, the preview of the annual report of OSAC has came to my attention. It presented unfortunate data: Costa Rica...

Montessori. What stays beyond the textbooks

To achieve peace, the peace must be taught, and not the competition. Actually, this is the full quote: Todo el mundo habla de paz, pero nadie educa para la paz. La gente educa para la competencia, y la competencia es el principio de cualquier guerra. Everyone speaks about peace, but no one teaches peace. People learn how to compete, and the competition – is the beginning of any war. This is Pablo...

Dreaming of the World Without Violence? Start With Yourself

— Do you know what is the most terrifying lie of our generation, reader? It is not that “without asking for it” we were forced into a world filled with blood, tears, threats and violence. There is of course another side of peace, light and happiness. The most terrifying lie of our lifetime is that, in order to survive in this world, from early childhood we are subtly taught to reciprocate...

Alternative Illusions

…or Life after ACS (Alternative Civilian Service) There are people on Earth, for whom being safe from attacks and wars is not enough. They obsessively need their citizens to be ready to threaten and kill other human beings. They made the decision to recruit the youngest of the population. They taught them to kill and maim people, and, in case of any threat towards their wellbeing, even...

Do not want to kill people. My story

When I first faced this problem, as well as the dominant very loyal attitude to it in the society, I couldn’t help, but asked myself a question. Why do we live, like nothing happened, knowing, that the price of our tranquility is the fear of violence that we evoke in people, and the very violence itself – cruel, bloody, inhuman? Why does not it worry and hurt us? Hi! My name is Aleksandr, I...

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