Sunday, October 25, 2009

Gandhi's Moral Calculus (1920 - 1946)

The superiority of nonviolence from Young India, May 12, 1920; Harijan, March 17, 1946.
  1. It is better to die helpless and unarmed and as victims rather than as tyrants.
  2. The purer the sufferings, the greater is the progress.
  3. It may be that in the transition state we may make mistakes; there may be avoidable suffering. These things are preferable to national emasculation.
  4. We must refuse to wait for the wrong to be righted till the wrong-doer has been roused to a sense of his iniquity.
  5. One must scrupulously avoid the temptation of a desire for results.

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