The most influential men in history have eschewed physical force as an instrument.
What man of all has exerted the deepest, widest influence upon mankind?
Surely Jesus Christ
from whom the very term “non-resistant” is derived.
And after him?
Siddartha, the Buddha, who absolutely condemned all violence.
What man to-day in the Russian Empire
, that home of brute force, has the greatest import for the world?
, without doubt, the man who would not lift his hand to compel.
, how do you explain the fact that he, with his hands tied behind his back, was the main motive power in that movement which has dwarfed all the rest of our history?
Let us beware, however, of imitations and travesties of non-resistance.
It is no colorless, negative quality, and should have no taint of timidity, no suspicion of effeminacy.
Let us be quite sure that we are above violence, and not beneath it. It is far better to fight to the death than to decline the combat from cowardice, whatever may be the name behind which we mask it. A soft answer may, too, be turned into an offense, if the wrong emphasis is placed upon it. An apology