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"Honoring Mother Earth" performed by the Aztec Dancers at the San Jose America Festival, July 3, 1998. Elizabeth Barrón shown.

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Where only one party recognizes the reciprocal interests there are non-violence strategies which may be employed to raise the consciousness of the opponent:

 

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Like all other behavior, violent behavior is not self-sustaining -- its increase or decrease depends partly on how the victim responds, and it can sometimes be inhibited by a calm, friendly attitude that implies the victim's concern for the attacker's welfare as well as his own (Sanity and Survival, p. 262).

 

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Through his candor, courage, sense of responsibility, and adherence to the highest ethical principles, the nonviolent fighter continually reminds himself and his adversary that they are both moral human beings -- he tries to win by morally embarrassing his adversary. (Sanity and Survival, p. 262).

 

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These strategies and techniques, refined by Mohandas Ghandhi, and Martin Luther King, Jr., represent the forceful use of education -- the highest means of accomplishing ends in Roger Fisher's framework presented earlier. This requires an all too rare readiness to refrain from characterizing one's opponent as "evil" and carefully distinguishing the opponent -- who must be respected to be educated, and the behaviors of the opponent which one seeks to change.

 

 

 

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