Victories Without Violence number 1 at the Progress Report
|January 9, 2007||Posted by Staff under Archive, Progress Report, The Progress Report|
Victories Without Violence
Story #1: The Leper Doctor in China
A doctor who had dedicated his life to serving in China went to make a study of an island to see if it would do for a leper colony where he could carry on, without danger of spreading contagion, the marvelous modern medical treatment of leprosy. On the way out he passed the perilous haunt of bandits in safety, because a fog hid his boat. But on the way back the bandits spied them and boarded their boat. Here they were, at the mercy of brigands who were supposed to be actuated only by greed and to know only one force, the guns of their pursuers. This doctor showed them that he had no guns, no weapons of any kind. He told them that he purposely came without defence. He also laid before them his plan of work for the lepers, his desire to save these poor creatures from their sufferings, and his hope to make human love build a better world. With a kind of awe they listened and then left the boat to go on its way in peace, and rowed back to their retreat. Once more the positive way of life, the way of faith, of fearlessness and love, had overcome.
- — reported by Rufus M. Jones in 1928.