Posted 4 years ago on Oct. 12, 2011, 7:22 p.m. EST by therising
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King and Gandhi and their supporters succeeded in a huge way because they understood the power of non-violence and remained true to that principle. Individuals in their movements consistently and regularly "refreshed" themselves through what they sometimes called "self-purification". Simply put, they checked their motives, made sure they weren't reacting from a place of fear, hate or revenge. None of those has any place in our movement of course. Those will weaken us. Instead, we should embrace each other, love each other, even love the opposition so much that we act out of a sincere desire to "set them straight" as King put it. This is why King said people in the civil rights movement had "a spirit that dogs can't bite."
We too have that spirit. We have shown that in a remarkable way already. We all should be very proud that we have remained non-violent and we should practice that "self-purification" each day to make sure our automatic reaction to violence and provocation is calm peace. Make no mistake. We will create tension. We will use force. But our force will come from the power of non-violent provocative tactic.
In this way, our movement will follow the path that Gandhi described: "First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you. Then you win."
Smile. We're about to win. All of us. Not just he 99%. Let's not stop there. Let's get get to a 100%. A new way of life. Imagine it.