Reading 802 Fall 11 Stop violence paper

He states that india should be making use of

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He states that India should be making use of satyagraha as a force and preaches of the religions of love and truth being interchangeable with one another (Gandhi 447-448). In this writing, He supports this theory by saying “We cannot remedy evil by harboring ill-will against the evil doer”(Gandhi 449). This simple line is powerful because it shows us that if we retaliate against some one who had done us wrong with the same attitude that that person had, not only do we lose energy, but we also get nothing accomplished in the end. When it is all said and done, there is the possibility that one could come back from a battle hurt worse than when it started or could be completely defeated not returning at all. Gandhi continues in this reading to point out the flow of society and how it could work more smoothly if his teachings were applied more often. “In thousands of our acts the propelling power is truth or love. The relations between father and son, husband and wife, indeed our family relations are guided largely by truth or love. And therefore we consciously or 2
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Rivers unconsciously apply satyagraha in regulating these relations.”(Gandhi 449). Believing that truth and love was in us all, Gandhi is proclaiming in this quote that in order for things to work accordingly and harmoniously in society, people must understand the impact that truth and love have on life and how on many instances in life that it outweighs ill-will and anger. He also went on to say in this passage that “if we disregard the law of satyagraha or love and to that extent we are all still not free from the brute nature.”(Gandhi 449). Another component of nonviolent resistance that Gandhi taught was the denial of brute nature and the sacredness of human life which has been taken for granted in his opinion. In “Religion of Nonviolence”, Gandhi states that he believes that brute force has no level of thinking whatsoever because it requires no intelligence. For instance, when one gets angry they do not think logically. If they are not a mild mannered person, every action will be based solely on the emotion of anger that they are feeling. Gandhi says that “To benefit by others’ killing and delude oneself into the belief that one is being very religious and nonviolent, is sheer self deception.”(Gandhi 450). To think that killing in the name of a religion should be glorified is not a keen observation of the religion being practiced. If we were to look at the main aspects of the major religions, such as Christianity, Islam and Judeaism, we would find that their rules and commandments say first to find a peaceful solution and only resort to violence in times of extreme peril if not at all. As Gandhi became an increasingly popular a public figure and a crusader in the struggle of nonviolent resistance against the British rule in India, he continued to write to the public encouraging such things as peace and the resistance of brute nature as well as The Law of Suffering
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