GANDHI’S LEGACY IS MORE THAN AN INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE


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Quotes by Gandhi are everywhere on the net. But, Gandhi’s legacy of non-violent protest is all the more relevant in the world today.
“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”

“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”

“An eye for eye only ends up making the whole world blind.”

Nevertheless, perhaps numbed by the glut of “inspirational” Gandhi quotes and images, we might find it more difficult to locate a genuinely Gandhian method of civil disobedience today. Our wars are more covert, diffuse, and constant. There isn’t the same kind of public outcry that boots-on-the-ground war traditionally inspires. But still, perhaps a more hopeful conclusion reveals itself: Gandhi’s legacy of nonviolent resistance, having been thoroughly absorbed into American consciousness, is now reflected in the efforts of domestic protest organizations like Black Lives Matter, the new torch-bearers of the American Gandhian tradition of nonviolent resistance.
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