Law of Progression: Daily Metta

Michael Nagler Posted by Michael Nagler.

Michael is founder and president of the Metta Center for Nonviolence and the author of Our Spiritual Crisis and The Search for a Nonviolent Future, which received a 2002 American Book Award and has been translated into several languages.


Law of Progression: Daily Metta

“My experience has taught me that the law of progression applies to every righteous struggle. But in the case of Satyagraha it amounts to an axiom.” ~ Gandhi, Satyagraha in South Africa, p. 19

In the course of his eight-year “experiment” with the development of satyagraha in South Africa (1908-1916) Gandhi discovered two laws. This is the first: that if numbers are important in a given struggle, they will eventually be there—the cause itself will attract them. So there is no need to be unduly concerned about starting small. The other law was the law of suffering, which we’ve taken up elsewhere: that “unearned suffering,” as King put it, can awaken the conscience of the opponent.

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