Short-version Non-Violence Manifesto (improved by Pakistani and Israeli friends in Washington!). Though it may be published like this today, there is always room for improvement if one of you has a suggestion (Oct 3, 2005).
The Non-Violence Manifesto
In a world steeped in violence, we dare to affirm non-violence as the highest value. Non-violence, towards others and towards oneself, is central to the possibility of a life worth living, for all.
If on this one day we could speak up and act together across the world to reject violence in its many forms, always inflicted for a higher 'Cause' – nation, honour, order, progress, the gross domestic product, revolution or other gods, most of all the suppression of women – we may surprise ourselves, and find the confidence to do better.
The forms of non-violent action are many. From very personal – silence, fasting or prayer – to collective action planned at a World Social Forum. A music concert at the border, or children befriending the ‘enemy’. Handing out a poem in the street, or dining with neighbours we never met before.
Also, at 17H13 Indian time on 30th January, let us rise up together in different lands, perhaps at the sound of three shots, gongs or drum rolls, for a minute’s silence and introspection. Let this rising in communion express our common humanity and our refusal to condone violence, to forsake non-violence for any higher cause in the world.