The illusion of temporary good

“I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent.”

– Mahatma Gandhi

Imagine a volcano. It’s a stunning force, roaring to life, creating short-term change, shaping the landscape. That’s violence. It leaves an immediate mark, seemingly gets the job done. But here’s the rub: It’s temporary.

Now consider a river. It carves canyons, not with sudden force, but with consistent flow over time. That’s non-violence. It takes time, sure, but the change is deep, permanent, shaping landscapes for good. Violence is the volcano, a flash of change. Non-violence is the river, steady, relentless, leaving a lasting impact. Choose wisely. Choose the river.