Refraining from harm, not out of fear, but out of concern for others, their well-being and out of respect is non-violence.

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Refraining from harm, not out of fear, but out of concern for others, their well-being and out of respect is non-violence. – Dalai Lama

What does that mean?
I like this quote as it is a great way of defining non-violence. Yes, it’s a lack of violence, but why? That’s where this quote shines. It discusses refraining from harming others for four reasons.

The first is specifically stated that non-violence is not a path taken out of fear. Instead, the quote continues, it is defined as something done out of concern for others, as violence, in general isn’t something that others usually enjoy.

It then specifically mentions being non-violent for the well-being of others. That seems pretty logical, as violence is rarely good for their well-being, right? It finishes by mentioning respect. Can you both be violent and respectful at the same time? I do most seriously doubt it.

Non-violence…

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4 Responses to “Refraining from harm, not out of fear, but out of concern for others, their well-being and out of respect is non-violence.”

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