The Inherent Violence Of Nonviolence

Change never just happens, it is crafted, shaped, directed, and engaged.

Interesting times call for interesting thoughts. Interesting perspectives, interesting walks. One of these “interesting thoughts“ surrounds the politics of nonviolence.

As the events of the last few days and weeks have unfolded, the world seems to be bifurcated (yet again). There are those who decry the violence shaking our communities…

She watched enthralled as they fell. The first few wisps of winter air nipped at her exposed ankles as she scrunched her scarf tighter around her neck. She was in her favorite place.

The lights, the sounds, the smells — even the freezing weather. …

A sense of aggression burns deep. You’re unsure where from or directed at whom.

A sense of entrapment, wanting to break the boundaries, the confines. Then a realization that there are no confines but the ones you placed around yourself.

You want to fight something but there’s nothing there to…

He stumbled around the corner, righting himself by the handle of his suitcase. His body was tired. His mind was worse. As he walked forward he felt his vision blur around the edges. This was nothing new, and was a surefire sign of cancer according to WebMD. …

The stillness was what shook her the most. Not the screams — they came later. Not the pain — that was a constant. No. What really surprised her was the moment of absolute purity, that punctuated time between the very last blast and the first cries for help.

It was…

He sipped his coffee- bitter & black.

Headphones blasting rock he leaned back and stretched, taking a moment for himself. He watched the people around him. The baristas doing their best to keep up with the flood of customers.

Pump, pump, push, press, pour, fill, cap, repeat.

The mother bouncing…

He leaned back against the table, absentmindedly twirling his pen, blank notebook page in front of him.

He had painstakingly scheduled time on his calendar to “reflect”. Whatever that meant. Introspection, reflection, and their many synonyms all seemed like words people would not stop hurling around. …

Abhi Nayar

Just a dude who builds things on the internet. Hit me at abhi@tonebase.co.

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