menari _
menari _ thanked Tom Jackson's answer

In this case, it means "non-productive."

Passivity is allowing others to do things to you without complaining or pushing back.

So in this case, passivity "does no good."

But don't forget the "not" in the quote.

King was of course eloquent, but he's essentially saying that "non-violence" is not a useless response.

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menari _ thanked Virginia Lou's answer

Dear Menari,

Martin Luther King, Jr. had an unusually clear understanding of the dynamics of human power, and here is his quote...

"Non-violence is not sterile passivity, but a powerful moral force which makes for social transformation."

The principle is that when you are aligned with the laws of nature, which is the law of Oneness (or love) … Read more