Sunday, January 10, 2010

Holding firmly to truth

I learned a new word today.

Satyagraha is a three-step instrument of change, not a mere act of protest.

The first step is to object to an unjust law or policy and petition for its removal. Absent an acceptable response, the second step is to break the law. The third step is to undergo the consequences, be they arrest, violence, abuse or privation.

Satyagraha means "holding firmly to the truth" in Hindi and by following the process, remaining focused and calm within one's belief.

Blessed Unrest
Paul Hawken
Page 78 - 79
ISBN: 9780670038527

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