In the same century that proved forever that the human capacity for cruelty is
boundless, one man took it upon himself to free his country of a foreign
oppressor by the unlikely method of non-violence. Stranger still, it
worked. Mahatma Gandhi's name is synonymous with the word "Peace" all
over the World. Gandhi's life and philosophy has been, and continues to be a
source of inspiration to many, including personalities such as Albert Einstein,
Martin Luther King Jr. and Nelson Mandela. Martin Luther King Jr. once
said "Gandhi was inevitable. If humanity is to progress, Gandhi is
inescapable. He lived, thought and acted, inspired by the vision of humanity
evolving toward a world of peace and harmony. We may ignore Gandhi at
our own risk."
I couldn't agree any more with that quote. Gandhi's non-violent
campaigns helped gain India's independence without a huge massive war. It
also set a precedent for future civil rights leaders. He showed how a group of
people, minority or majority could win their just rights without violence.
When Martin Luther King needed a way to gain equality for African
Americans in America he turned to Gandhi's philosophy of non-violence, and
non-cooperation. The equality among all Americans is a result of Gandhi!
As in India's independence, South Africas equality among men, and many
others. To think that one man effected so many lives is remarkable.
Besides the fact that our World as we know it would be totally
different (for the worst) if Mahatma Gandhi had not existed there are also
more effects of his life burgening today. Look at South Africa, a nation on
the brink of total warfare but saved by Gandhi's non-violence. Gandhi once
said "He who injures others, is jealous of others, is not fit to live in the
world."