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"The best answer to anger is silence," Marcus Aurelius

Too many times in history have we seen the clashing of swords and the inability to find peace with others. War meets war; force meets force. It is so easy for those in power - those often so easily angered - to pick up weapons as an automatic, knee-jerk reaction rather than processing all of the potentially different outcomes based on potentially different responses. What would be so difficult about allowing peace, silence and nonaction on the brink of something far more catastrophic?

What if historical missteps, social ruptures and especially friendship ending arguments could be avoided altogether?

Simply stop, embrace the silence and find inner peace. I argue this would be the absolute best course of action every time.

Various historical figures - including Jesus, Siddartha, Asoka, Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Dalai Lama - have used silence and non-violence as tools to pacify their surroundings. And because of this, they have uplifted humanity with inspiration and a greater understanding of peace, solace and resolution.

Some examples of our history's non-violent actions (and I would argue SILENCE) that worked quite well include, but certainly are not limited to the following:

494 BCE ......Plebeians in Rome refuse to work in Rome so that their grievances could be addressed.

1775 CE ...... Even before the shooting of the Revolution started, nine colonies had gained independence boycotting the British Parliamentary actions.

1920 CE ...... In the Weimar Republic, after an attempted coup by Walter Kapp (not who you expected, I know), the German population went on a nation-wide strike refusing to relent to Kapp and his designs on power.

1920s - 1947 CE ..... It took much longer, but Gandhi led millions of Indians (Hindu and Muslim alike) on a general boycott and resistance of the British Empire, successfully gaining Indian Independence.

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