The first discipline of non-violence is to see human beings as
absolutely unique individuals. The root of violence is to regard
ourselves as groups. It is easier to kill a category than a Person.
I am neither white nor black, rich nor poor, capitalist nor socialist,
Eastern nor Western, Christian nor Pagan. I am neither good nor
evil. I am Me.
If you wish to superimpose a general category, a group identity
on me, that is your act of violence against my soul. You are free to
label me. But I am also free: I don't have to identify with your labels.
The greatest step we can take toward world peace is to meet as
embodied souls, each absolutely incomparable, freed from every
racial, political, economic, or religious abstraction.