Non-cooperation is not about anarchy, nor is is not about Rebellion. It is about Decency, Morality, and Respect, for each other, as individuals, who are part of a complete whole. Non-violence is an implicit element within non-cooperation, where intelligent action is the key to success.
The philosophy of Personal Development is vitally interested in the applied Power available to the Human Mind and the outstanding seekers of truth who used this power to drag Humanity, kicking and screaming, to the level of understanding and knowledge we exhibit today.
A basic premise of Personal Development is the recognition, and acknowledgement, that as Human Beings, we are all equal.
Recognition of equality must come from within. That is, from one's own Thought Processing. In particular, from the act of Reflection.
When we do our own Thinking, in a spirit of genuinely desiring to find equitable solutions to every problem, it unlocks a channel of Communication to the storehouse of knowledge, that in turn liberates a power that allows the Mind to extricate itself from the disinterest inflicted by the frustration of forced conformity. Intelligent use of newly gained knowledge completes the Power Circuit.
This freshly empowered Mind can luxuriate in Higher Plane Thinking, where genuine solutions to problems are to be found.
Note the emphasis on genuine.
It is prudent to recall at this point that knowledge itself is merely Potential Power. Knowledge must be applied to a purposeful end to reap the benefits it possess.
Until this phenomenon of claiming one's sovereignty, by doing one's own, unbiased, Thinking, has been discovered, understood, and adopted, by the majority of Good Humans, we will remain dependent on Laws of the Land which struggle under the heavy burden of attempting to curb amoral behavior. That is in a Democratic Society that attempts to be compassionate.
Other Societies will remain dependent on the predilections, and whims, of whatever mindless bully boy type has intimidated his way to the position that carries the most influence a given Culture has to offer.
A striking exemplar of non-cooperation is Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi's (1869-1948) life-long ardent efforts to free his People, and his Country, from the oppressive grip of the British Empire.
Mohandas Gandhi launched his painstaking, arduous, political journey, during early 1893, at the tender age of twenty three. As a freshly minted lawyer, he defended the Human rights of his subjugated compatriots in South Africa. Returning to India in 1915, much the wiser in the ways of Human behavior.
Reverently acknowledged as The Mahatma - Sage - this deep Thinking man freed his Country from the British Empire, but not his People from themselves.
Not long before he was murdered by the fanatic who opposed his desire for unity of the warring factions that constituted his people, Gandhi suffered the wrenching agony and anguish of witnessing his beloved People and Country fracture and break into two distinct Nations. A division found entirely on religious belief.
Mere months from the time of attaining independence.
Mahatma Gandhi labored diligently for, almost, the proverbial thirty five years in his Homeland to achieve his ultimate goal of independence. During this time his efforts were ravaged by violence and disagreement. Violence initiated by the British keepers and violent retaliation in response, from his own people, who also fought amongst themselves.
In an extended effort that made herding cats look easy, almost single handed, the Mahatma incessantly repaired rifts in the ranks of his followers that ranged from dissension to barbaric massacres.
It was these breaches, amongst his own people, that were responsible for the Nation of India splitting asunder. The political solution to this refusal to work together, ignorantly spurning the immense power inherent in Cooperation, was to partition India into two entirely separate Countries.
Pakistan was designated for the followers of the Muslim faith. The rest of the Fatherland was divided into a federation of States and Territories to accommodate the Hindu's and minority religions.
Far from resolving dissension and violence by separation, more than half a century on, these two Nations are now opposing each other with the threat of mutual nuclear annihilation.
Concerted public opinion is the essence of the inherent power of non-cooperation. While Gandhi received limited support from his compatriots, his efforts were not lost on intelligent minds elsewhere.
Akin to the massive swell of Public Support that sounded the death knell for the odious slave trade in the Civilized World, the Mahatma influenced the receptive minds of a compassionate British Public. Concerned Good Humans around the World, who could clearly comprehend the legitimacy of Gandhi's demands, added their considerable support for Freedom of Mind and Body.
Kudos to the British Government of the time who displayed prescience and responded to that public opinion in a rational and compassionate manner.
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi's life experience teaches us that most obvious, but also as individuals, the most unheeded and neglected lesson Nature has to offer.
That lesson is, empowerment comes from within. And to release that power in an unassailable manner, we must always work together in Harmony.
For our own Common Good.
Examine carefully, and better still, remain consciously aware of the power available from Harmony inherent in non-cooperation, as a force for Good.
How much sooner, and with greater benefits, for everyone involved, could the Mahatma have achieved his goal of Freedom, for his people, had he had the unshakable intellectual, moral, and practical, support, aka Willing Cooperation, of all his followers?
India's combined population during Gandhi's period was in excess of 350 million. What entity, sane or otherwise, would mess with 350 million switched on minds??
Personal Development Rocks!
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