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TWO WINGS OF DHARMA
Problem of Appeasement
If we respond to the violence or bigotry of others by appeasing
them - by giving in to their demands or granting them special favors
in order to keep them from becoming violent - such a practice is not
truly non-violence, even though it may appear to avoid violence.
is violence against oneself and against truth, and in the long run
only aggravates violence in others who learn that the threat of
violence gets them what they want.
Whatever we appease, we give power to. Appeasing violent
people to end their violence only succeeds in making them more
violent in the long run. It teaches them that violence or the threat
of violence makes other people cater to them, which naturally
encourages them to adapt it as a way of action.
in others under the pretext of non-violence is really practicing
violence in disguise. It is not avoiding violence but reinforcing
it, postponing perhaps its immediate effect but strengthening its