Born in Porbander, Gujrat, India October 02, 1869
Died January 30, 1948
Genre: Philosophy, Politics, Pacifism
Influences: Michael Davitt, Henry David Thoreau
About this author:
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, commonly known as Mahatma Gandhi, was the preeminent leader of Indian nationalism in British-ruled India. Employing non-violent civil disobedience, Gandhi led India to independence and inspired movements for non-violence, civil rights and freedom across the world.
The son of a senior government official, Gandhi was born and raised in a Hindu Bania community in coastal Gujarat, and trained in law in London. Gandhi became famous by fighting for the civil rights of Muslim and Hindu Indians in South Africa, using new techniques of non-violent civil disobedience that he developed. Returning to India in 1915, he set about organizing peasants to protest excessive land-taxes. A lifelong opponent of “communalism”
Quotations About Humanity
Seven Deadly Sins
“Wealth without work
Pleasure without conscience
Science without humanity
Knowledge without character
Politics without principle
Commerce without morality
Worship without sacrifice.”
“Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.”
“Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. It is daily admission of one’s weakness. It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart.”
“You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is like an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.”
“Let the first act of every morning be to make the following resolve for the day:
– I shall not fear anyone on Earth.
– I shall fear only God.
– I shall not bear ill will toward anyone.
– I shall not submit to injustice from anyone.
– I shall conquer untruth by truth. And in resisting untruth, I shall put up with all suffering.”
“There are people in the world so hungry, that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread.”
“It is unwise to be too sure of one’s own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err.”
“What we are doing to the forests of the world is but a mirror reflection of what we are doing to ourselves and to one another.”
“The Roots of Violence: Wealth without work, Pleasure without conscience, Knowledge without character, Commerce without morality, Science without humanity, Worship without sacrifice, Politics without principles.”
“To my mind, the life of a lamb is no less precious than that of a human being.”
Exchanger Of Thoughts About Humanity -comments by Karen The Exchanger
There is nothing more inspiring to me than someone who looks at humanity as Mahatma Gandhi did. Truly he shared with us a view that targeted an essence of peace. Treating each other as we would want to be treated he offered a look at relationships as one would wish. Harmony and peace are great goals and many have sought to commit their lives to those endeavors as Mahatma Gandhi did.
Sometimes I wonder what motivates great people like Mahatma Gandhi. Actually it seems as though this type of mindset sets someone up for disappointment. We are all so…different and many want to express themselves through war to get their point across. It is only once in a while that we are blessed with someone like Mahatma Gandhi who showed us the path to peace.
In my heart I feel that perhaps taking the path of least resistance would be easier. Looking at the past there are many that have strive for peace but lost their lives as Mahatma Gandhi did. I think the world needs help to heal from past and present discourse. Perhaps peace has always been at the heart of great leaders and even those not considered great.
I feel as though I always will support those who desire and take action to bring about harmony in the world. I have always been disillusioned by those who see war as a way to bring about peace. Conflict is the answer for many and just the thought of harmony and peace for them not end result their desire.
I wonder if people like myself and others that support peace as a end result are living in the real world. I have been told that the world is just too complex and different for many in regards to how one thinks. Perhaps it is not a reality!
I applaud Mahatma Gandhi and other great leaders in their quest for all people to live together in this world harmoniously. What a wonderful result would happen if we came together supporting each other for a peaceful outcome and existence.