Analysis Of Pilgrimage To Nonviolence By Martin Luther King

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Nonviolent resistance and realistic pacifism were more than an intellectual assent, but rather a way of life for Martin Luther King Jr. The profound dedication that King exemplifies is a testament to the power of love in the face injustice. King notes in his work Pilgrimage to Nonviolence, of the process of meticulously surveying the works of other philosophical thinkers in search of something to medicate his religious, and personal dilemma when addressing philosophical perspectives. Ghandi’s nonviolent resistance has made a lasting impact on King, which has made a tremendous influence in African American rights. King firmly believes in the strength, and change that is consistent with nonviolent resistance in the face of objection. The responses…show more content…
The second argument is found through how the power of love can aid in solving social issues. It solves these issues as it does not use violent measures to attain its goals, and hopes to gain friendship in the resolution of the problem. The power of love makes for lasting transformation. Social issues can be addressed through individuals receiving violence, but never perpetuating any themselves. Agape, is a Greek word for love which comes with the understanding that all things are interrelated and that there is “no distinction between friend and enemy” (105). To hate another man is to bring yourself down. It is a love that is not individually driven, but…show more content…
The third argument King has in favour of nonviolent resistance is in how it creates a stage for oppressed groups to speak their truths. King views nonviolent resistance as the only morally sound method in addressing these issues. When reading this, I found it to be slightly unclear, however, I have concluded that it is because hate breeds hate, which is why a different approach is needed being nonviolent resistance. This would prove to be a powerful movement, but frustrating as one must expect to face various forms of violence but stay in a state of peace within oneself. In intentionally placing oneself in violent scenarios and not having to endure extreme mistreatment in attempt to address another. These three arguments are some of the benefits that King touches on as to how it led him to his dedication to nonviolent resistance and realistic pacifism. Through Kings search for a philosophical perspective, he faced some objections of nonviolent resistance, which ended up strengthening his belief in the
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