ideas for thinking about gandhi

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1 English 802 Frank Fucile Reilly Meiers 1/3/2011 Is Passive-Resistance the Right Way to Resist? *New sentence to introduce* Non-violent resistance or Passive resistance as described by Mohandas Gandhi is “a force that is independent of pecuniary or other material assistance, certainly, even in its elementary form, of physical force or violence” (446). In other words, it is a great force used by anyone even those who may be physically weak but, strong within their souls. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was born on October 2, 1869 during Queen Victoria’s rule of Britain as she was the “Empress of India” at that time. He is renowned as the founder of the Home Rule Movement, eventually freeing India from British rule in 1947. Gandhi explained his philosophy as Passive Resistance and published his deeply felt conviction in an issue of the “Indian Opinion”, a newspaper he established, and that it is the only way to enforce opposition. Susanne Kappeler who is the author of The Will to Violence: the Politics of Personal Behavior , written in 1995 contained the essay “Resistance and the Will to Resistance” in which, she argues that war and militarism have been unavoidable parts of contemporary Euro-American ways, in politics especially, but that it should be changed. Kappeler argues the contemporary English/Western World resorts to war and violence in our struggles. She believes nonviolence is something that is yet to be completely practiced. One cannot use passive resistance or violence alone to be an effective in opposition.
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2 Gandhi says that a child should learn Passive Resistance before even the alphabet, I disagree. However this opinion does show its importance to him. If a child is taught to be peaceful, they will consequently stay out of trouble. If they also learn how to protect themselves, they will be safe in a world which is not always looking out for them. A child should learn basic scholarly information as well. He believes, “the greater the spirit of the passive resistance in us the better men we will become” (447). He made use of this force of passive resistance in the home rule movement which separated opposite political classes and led the increasing demand for self-government. Gandhi believes passive resistance is not used by the weak, but by those whose strength lies in their souls. Gandhi states the use of passive resistance “requires the
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This note was uploaded on 04/19/2011 for the course ENGLISH 802 taught by Professor Frankfucile during the Spring '11 term at Temple.

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