Here’s my confessions:
- I stopped watching Arnold Schwarzenegger movies because Jackie Chan’s fighting was more realistic and fun.
- When I walk near gang-bangers or drug-abusers I sometimes imagine that they do something threatening and imagine how I will press their faces to the wall in abject defeat – after thrashing them a few times with car doors, my ninja-like kicks, and Lou Ferrigno-type punches.
- My own experience with child-rearing was corporal-based and as much as I try to shake that system from my bones, violence still registers as the final step in correction. As in, the end of diplomacy is bombs, the end of discipline is a whoopin’.*
- I never got into fights and made a willful choice not to join the military when I was young because – even as young as seven years old – I figured that Jesus didn’t want me to fight.
- I have always appreciated the skills of Bruce Lee, but could never get into his movies because of the cold-blooded killings.
- Okay, that’s about all I got…
Freedom is active movement. Unlike in nature, however, this movement is not self-sustained, it doesn’t start and keep going until it hits an opposing force; its constantly in friction and needs constant reinforcement. And still, above that, there is counteractive and hostile resistance to freedom. Those who resist are looking for ways to discredit and derail the movements of freedom because it threatens their grasp of power. Nonviolence is a method of changing hearts and minds so that the world – including the oppressors – can recognize the oppression for what it is, heartless inhumanity. It is pro-action towards freedom that engages all. But it’s also extremely costly.
And because of the cost, we need to be all the more engaged in nonviolent resistance itself. And that takes some use of the imagination – through everyday examples, through hearing the stories of those who have fought this fight before us, through filling our minds with something more than glorified explosions, perhaps.