taken from: The Peace Bible; Steven Scholl Ed. : Los Angeles; Kalimat Press, 1986. P. 43.
Nonviolence is a weapon fabricated of love. It is a sword that heals. Our nonviolent direct action program has as its objective not the creation of tensions, but the surfacing of tensions already present. We set out to precipitate a crisis situation that must open the door to negotiation. I am not afraid of the word “crisis” and “tension”. I deeply oppose violence, but constructive crisis and tension are necessary for growth. Innate to all life, and all growth, is tension. Only in dearth is there an absence of tension.