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Anthony Bonanni Bonanni 1 Professor Schild English 0802 14 September 2010 Evaluation of Gandhi and the Concept of Non-Violence Gandhi was a strong believer in nonviolence. He viewed violence as a cowardly way for people to get what they wanted from other people. He also thought that violence is no way to get back at anyone, because all it does is cause more anger and problems when problems are trying to be solved. He supported this idea by saying in his essay The Doctrine of the Sword I, “…I believe that nonviolence is infinitely superior to violence, forgiveness is more manly than punishment” (454). This shows how Gandhi viewed nonviolence and how he thought that the best way to settle problems was to forgive people and to work things out verbally. Gandhi also thought that violence was acceptable in certain situations. He referred to violence in defense of yourself or a loved one as being honorable or being brave. A situation where violence was acceptable and completely necessary was World War II in response to the Holocaust in Nazi Germany. Compared to Gandhi, Petra Kelly had a more drastic view on nonviolence, as explained in her essay, Nonviolent Social Defense. Her main point in this essay is that she wanted to completely disarm all military programs, and wanted to use boycotting and civil disobedience as ways of defense from enemies. Gandhi had a much more practical view than Petra Kelly on how humanity should deal with situations that usually result in violence. Nonviolence is superior to violence, but violence is necessary when the only other option is cowardice.
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Bonanni 2 In Gandhi’s essays, The Doctrine of the Sword I and The Doctrine of the Sword II, he talked a lot about how he did not like violence in most situations, but he also mentions that it was acceptable at certain times. Gandhi argued that brute-force can disappear from human nature, but violence in a form of self defense is necessary. There is no way to defend yourself from an attack by someone who was raised with the influence of violence. Fighting back is completely necessary to prevent injury to yourself.
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