PPU HOME | faq | sitemap
PPU
Pacifism
Pacifism, which literally refers to making peace (from pace and facere) is often mistakenly understood as passivity.

microsites: WHITE POPPY | REMEMBRANCE | EDUCATION | CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTION | NEWS & COMMENT | NO MORE WAR PROJECT |

PACIFISM HOME






I maintain that the most tragic thing about war is nor its immorality nor its cruelty, but its manifest and colossal futility and imbecility.
Arthur Ponsonby

CHANGING THE WAY WE THINK

Disentangling any society from the web of war not only needs hard work, imagination, resourcefulness and persistence, it also needs a change of attitude. Attitudes in societies can and do change - there are examples of such changes throughout history. Not all changes are for the better, but people can develop a social and political will to alter that too. In particular, we have the ability to change our society so that war is no longer an option.

It's tempting to think that when no fighting is going on there is peace - but beneath the peace-talking, war-thinking continues. The systems that sustain war-thinking have to be dismantled.

To make this possible we need to develop a social climate in which violence is no longer used to counter violence. It means questioning attitudes we have taken for granted until now. It means rethinking the way we work, the way we play, the way we think about money, the way we think about other people, and the way we think about government.

Such a fresh look at our values may be unsettling, but it can be absorbing and stimulating too. One of pacifism's many virtues is that it can be practised in a diversity of ways - and it thrives on new approaches. What they have in common is nonviolence, and nonviolence is a powerful and exciting instrument of change.

Another article on this site looks at nonviolence, its history and meaning. Here, it needs to be stressed that nonviolence doesn't mean inaction. It means action, aimed at constructive problem-solving without the use of weapons or war. This doesn't mean there's no place for violent feelings. Most human beings have them - and most human beings learn how to control them, too. CONTINUE

:: PACIFISM IN ACTION >

 

Peace Pledge Union, 1 Peace Passage, London N7 0BT. Tel +44 (0)20 7424 9444   contact     |   where to find us