On war and beliefs

I am not easily agitated by political issues, but there are a few exceptions. When it comes to the topic of war, and I am a strong believer in pacifism. I do not support any kind of actions that will lead to or support war or violence. It is something so deeply rooted in me that you do not fight wrong with anger and violence. My philosophy in general is that there is most often two sides to a story, but not with this – here, I see no reason for compromise.

I do not see myself as a religious person, but I have found great support in Eastern philosophy; Buddhism and Ayurveda (which is in fact a life philosophy, not just alternative medicine). Gandhi and Dalai Lama are of course the embodiments of these principles, and I think that some of their sayings cast an interesting light on the current conflict:

If someone behaves negatively towards you, it helps to remember that he or she is a human being like you and to distinguish between an action and the person who does it. If counter measures are needed to prevent someone doing harm, it’s always better to do it with a calm rather than an agitated mind. If you act out of anger, the best part of your brain fails to function. Remember, compassion is not a sign of weakness, Dalai Lama

I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent, Mahatma Gandhi

In the past, destruction of your neighbour might have been considered a victory, but today we are all interdependent. We live in a global economy; we face problems like climate change that affect us all. The 7 billion human beings alive today belong to one human family. In the context that others’ interests are in our interest and our interest is in their interest, the use of force is self-destructive, Dalai Lama

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