22 Dec Mahatma Gandhi
2 October 1869 – 30 January 1948
2016 has been a pretty grim year politically and so many stars have died it will surely be remembered as one of the most gloomy years of all. Enough of that.
In some ways there is so much trouble in the World that we cannot shut our eyes, we are forced to contemplate the tragedies facing us; war, famine, illness, persecution. The list goes on.
Let’s stop for a moment and think about the great peacemakers. The people who stood up and raised a flag and who took personal risks. Mother Theresa? Buddah? Gandhi.
Gandhi was a leader of the people but one with a difference. While he advocated action he pursued peaceful, non-violent action. He was known to call off strikes and demonstrations if violence was involved. There is so much to say about Gandhi and it’s so hard to pick out the high-spots in his life so maybe we should just remember that peaceful action can get things done.
Gandhi died at the hands of Hindu nationalist who was opposed to Gandhi’s approach. This is doubly sad because Gandhi had just finished one of his fasts to protest against the injustices he saw.
This quote says so much.
“When I despair, I remember that all through history the ways of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants, and murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end they always fall. Think of it–always.”