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July 23, 2007
Nonviolence is not to be confused, however, with being passive or complacent.  Passivity -- like its opposite, aggression -- is a behavior of those controlled and dominated by fear.
                                     ---Claude Anshin Thomas

This beautifully expresses something I desperately need expressed.

Thomas gives words for that in myself that I loathe.

Now I can see it.

Clearly.


I've been violent -- I am violent -- but rather than move past fear I rotate upon it.  To passivity.

I'm passive.

It's good to call it by it's name.

It stings -- it's humiliating -- but it's good.  Helpful.  I now see the mechanism.

These words bring me hope.