Forty years ago today . . .


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“Nonviolence is not a garment to be put on and off at will.  It’s seat is in the heart, and must be an inseparable part of our being.”

Mohandas Gandhi

2 October 1869 – 30 January 1948

Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi was born on 2 October 1869.  A quiet, small and shy man whose movement against social injustice and message of peaceful protest continues to guide and inspire lovers of justice and human rights throughout the world.  And his ethic of nonviolence lives in the hearts and minds of people everywhere.

What better legacy?

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9 responses to this post.

  1. I agree, but unfortunately even in India violence – in the form of Maoist activists – that legacy starts being despised.

    For the rest of the world we all know how we are.

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  2. Yes Jose. Sadly you’re right.

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  3. Yes, I wonder really if Ghandi has much of a legacy. You don’t seen much in the way of non-violent protest against injustice these days, not even in obvious places like Tibet.

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  4. What encourages me is that there are millions of human beings who think like we do. Unfortunately our very essence of pacifism prevents us from fighting in the only way those others understand: violence.

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  5. I wouldn’t describe myself as a pacifist on principle, there are the right methods for the right fight. Ghandi-style non-violence works in the right context but I have no qualms fighting with violence where appropriate.

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  6. Defence is the only way I can resort to violence.

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  7. Yes, I like to describe myself as a pacifist in a “conscientious objector” kind of way but I can’t ever see myself sitting back and refusing to defend myself from attack. It’s a natural instinct to protect ourselves and our children.

    I do know this – I would never physically fight for an unjust cause even if I had to go to prison for it.

    As for Gandhi, I think his legacy of equality and non-violent protest continues to greatly inspire and influence people in the human rights movement but sadly it’s being increasingly drowned in our unjust and consumerist world of instant gratification and selfism.

    Where people will listen, his message still stands.

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  8. There is a pre-cursor to the attitude of non-voilence – an awareness of our interconnected-ness and compassion for all. Egos have no place.

    Our present world has very small ratio of beings who are actually aware. Most of us cant let go of our own spaces of importance long enough to be aware.

    Now I am going to get off stage.

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  9. Bless you Mysoul. You’re a sweetie. The world needs more people like you.

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