HOMEWORK 3- Socratic Leadership and Gandhi

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Socratic Leadership and Gandhi Gandhi was a leader famed for his morally superior mode on life and embodiment of many Socratic leadership qualities. Relocated to South Africa to resolve issues involving discrimination and a lack of civil rights in that region, Gandhi was challenged by a prejudice for him and his people, Indians, in his effort to bring justice. At a rally, the turnout of followers is small, but he proceeds to take it with an utmost seriousness anyway. He argues, “we are children of Gd like everyone else” and instructs his people to “only use peaceful means, but justice will be done”. He tells the people before him that the first step towards changing the status is eliminating the status difference. An officer steps forward and threatens to arrest any individual who destroys their paperwork, claiming that it is official government property. Regardless, Gandhi throws his paperwork in the fire, and many of his followers do the same. Despite not resisting arrest or using any force whatsoever, Gandhi and the followers are brutally beaten. This is a perfect demonstration of the civil disobedience exhibited in the Socratic model. This civil disobedience is an act of non-violence, which is a component of Karma Yoga in the Hindu religion. The term for this non-violence in Hinduism is “Ahimsa”. Socrates valued people around him because he acknowledged that he doesn’t know everything and by talking to them he could learn more, even if they don’t explicitly tell him anything. For example, in talking to several of the “brighter” people in the community, he learned that they are actually not as smart as they, and other people, think they are. In fact, the very detail that makes them not smart is the fact that they think they are smart because a truly intelligent person has humility and knows that they have so
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This note was uploaded on 10/23/2008 for the course PHIL 335 taught by Professor Lloyd during the Spring '07 term at USC.

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HOMEWORK 3- Socratic Leadership and Gandhi - against

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