Passive Resistance is Not New

I hold the belief system that we have no original thoughts.

How could we? Everything that we do and say is informed by our experiences, quotes that we've read, pop culture we've seen, the language(s) we've learned, peer pressure. We take that aggregation and we recycle it. That is why our environment becomes the foundation to what we believe in.

The idea of passive resistance that I suggest we take on in our current political and social atmosphere is not new.

Rosa Parks has been named the "Mother of the Civil Rights Movement." And it only took one word - "no." 

By continuing to sit in a seat where others didn't want her, without yelling, or explaining why she deserved that seat, or punching the bus driver, she engaged in an act of passive resistance, which Martin Luther King used to launch the Montgomery bus boycott in 1955-1956. 

Gandhi. John Lennon and Yoko Ono. Nelson Mandela.

These are the nonviolent practitioners we can look up to.

We don't take into account that resistance can be quiet. It can be nonviolent.

The anger of oppression is always justified, but we can use it to fuel us, not use it against each other.

We can call our Congress people and talk to them as though they wouldn't know any better.

We can protest peacefully.

We can boycott corporations that refuse to serve the LGBTQ population.

Maybe it could keep us going a little longer.

Maybe we won't feel as burned out, fighting with our anger.

It has also been concluded that nonviolent movements were twice as likely to succeed than violent movements (Chenoweth and Stephan). As Tony Robbins says, all lasting change happens in an altered state. 

Maybe we can make real, lasting change.

So do it. Google successful nonviolent action and see what inspires you.

Then go inward.

It could motivate your next project on your fight for peace.