Gandhi And Ambiguity Essay

Gandhi And Ambiguity Essay

… passive resistance helped change the fate of India forever. He wrote, “The force of nonviolence is infinitely more wonderful and subtle than the material force of nature, electricity.” He felt that nonviolent non-cooperation with evil was tantamount to cooperation with all that is good. And yet, how would Gandhi’s philosophy of nonviolence apply today when we are faced with a global terrorist network that attacks, not only the U.S., but any and all countries and people associated with the U.S.—in other words, almost the entire western world? How can one passively resist hidden cells of …

… let civilian planes be hijacked, hotels in Bali bombed, buses blown up, and never once retaliate. The idea that we might nonviolently resist, and then appease terrorism by helping those who are disenfranchised is perhaps naïve. Gandhi’s nonviolence cannot succeed during times of great turbulence, unrest, war, and particularly, terrorism. It can succeed in countries that are essentially civilized toward each other, and willing to be swayed by public opinion and reason. And it is an important precept to follow in our individual lives. Perhaps the most important lesson we can learn from Gandhi is to choose, with …

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