The Tao of Nonviolence shows us:
- how a systems-based/holistic worldview is prerequisite to safer problem-solving (thus relationships);
- how -- by coming to see human relationships as living systems -- we can recognize imbalance as violence and understand nonviolence as the only logical, non-moralistic way to correct course before crisis, violence and system failure;
- and, how -- as seemingly disconnected problem-specific nonviolence groups begin to overlap -- the larger community can rely less on "mopping up the blood" of violence and more on the principles of nonviolence as an organizing principle that can move us in the direction of health, peace and sustainability.
Another thought. I went to a talk/film on "permaculture" last night and was struck by how many of the Tao of Nonviolence ideas are relevant. Permaculture is about creating sustainable living systems, too, but primarily focused on humanity's relationship with the Earth. That said, so much of its promise reflects WHY I wrote my book. My take on sustainability is more abstract and overarching - because it is an attempt to encourage people with all kinds of interests to take up projects /actions with the intention of creating sustainable systems. As someone in the Permaculture film said, however, all of our current thinking is "on the cutting edge of a thousands year old recognition of interconnectedness." etc!