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The Goodness Field:
A Guidebook for Proactive NonviolenceBy Bob Aldridge
Foreword by Jim Douglass
A scientific 'field' is a region in which a force operates, and everything in the field is acted upon by that force. The goodness field, like the gravitational field, encompasses the entire Universe and acts upon everything in the Universe. One can oppose gravity by hanging on to something. Goodness can also be opposed. This tripartite Guidebook explores ways to recognize and overcome that opposition to Goodness.
The first step in any proactive nonviolent action or campaign is to positively identify and thoroughly understand the opponent. Every person has a self-serving ego (false self) and an inner goodness (true self). Therefore, a person cannot be our opponent if their true self is goodness. That leaves the false self, the ego, as our opponent. The ego's influence works through a thought process dubbed egothink. Part 1 of this Guidebook explores the development of egothink in society since World War II and how it controls the public mind through propaganda; how it has structured government to control the populace; how it garners support through division and deception; and how it has encapsulated all this in a culture of entertainment.
The next step is to achieve the 'higher unity' necessary for proactive nonviolence. That is, to formulate a Global Constructive Program which is a concise statement of the consensual nonviolent vision of what the world can be. It is not a list of issues. It engages all issues. Martin Luther King Jr longed for his organizational leaders to have a 'higher unity' under the overarching civil rights movement. Part II of this Guidebook addresses ways to unify the many issue-oriented nonviolence organizations in higher unity under an overarching Global Constructive Program.
Global Satyagraha then follows – a unified global movement to nonviolently remove the obstacles to goodness. There is a difference between reality and how it is perceived by the five senses. The Hindu tradition calls this perceived reality an illusion – a 'phenomenal world.'' As explained in Part III, evil is caused when egothink tries to change the real world to please the phenomenal world.
Indigenous people, following The Indigenous Way, are already globally unified in seeking respect for Mother Earth, her cycles and balances, and all that is sacred. They oppose the egothink notion that we own Mother Earth and can exploit her resources for our pleasure and profit. We are all part of one organism; we are all related. Nonviolent warriors transcend egothink by what Gandhi called selfpurification and self-rule (Swaraj) over our thinking, actions, and emotions. Nonviolent warriors will lead the way toward actualizing the vision of the Global Constructive Program. Once nonviolent warriors are united as a Global Satyagraha Movement, they will bring harmony to Earth. These aspects of proactive nonviolence are also explained in Part III.
The book can be read in pdf format at: The Goodness Field: A Guidebook for Proactive Nonviolence
What is a Nonviolent Warrior?The Nonviolent Warrior Ethos: What is the Nonviolent Warrior Ethos? It's not a sworn oath to live by. Nor is it a creed with a pre-planned response for every encounter. It is a lifestyle we aspire to. It motivates us to live for the good of everyone. The Nonviolent Warrior Ethos prepares us for the impending dark days of evil. It stirs the audacity to speak truth to the unspeakable power that evil projects. It is the basis of all religious and moral beliefs but transcends them all in its ability to mobilize warriors for world justice. The Nonviolent Warrior Ethos is a role model for children and youth. It sparks creative thinking on helping and supporting all people. It offers a life-goal which far outshines the pseudo glory propagated by gang and military recruiters. Young "warriors in training" (Pema Chödrön's term) develop survival skills to live in an uncertain world while having seemingly nothing to hold on to. The Nonviolent Warrior Ethos is more than an ideology to hope for, or a myth to dream about. It is an urge to actively build something better. It triggers global fellowship among those who resolve issues locally while all the time knowing they are contributing to the world-goal we all envision. The Nonviolent Warrior Ethos is a badge of honor. Wear it proudly and sing its virtues widely because it is the passion that will prevail. Standing Rock showed that people everywhere will bond in solidarity as nonviolent warriors to support just causes. Earth is ready for global benevolent social change. Does this sound like a fairy tale? The power of nonviolence is unimaginable. The paper can be found at the link below.