The Pathos of Politics (62) Mahatma Gandhi

Mahatma Gandhi

I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent. ~ Mahatma Gandhi

Indian political leader Mahatma Gandhi (1869–1948) led his country to independence from British colonialism using nonviolent resistance. Gandhi’s message was designed to appeal to Indian sensibilities while upholding his vision of morality, which was radically different from Indian tradition. He struggled and failed to alleviate poverty, liberate women, and put an end to caste discrimination.

In matters of conscience, the law of the majority has no place. ~ Mahatma Gandhi

Gandhi’s philosophy aligned with natural law and held to the idea that morality and polity were entangled.

Politics, divorced from religion, has absolutely no meaning. ~ Mahatma Gandhi

Gandhi considered the competition upon which capitalism is based to be a tragic waste. He believed that societal ills were the inevitable result of materialistic values.

Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed. ~ Mahatma Gandhi

Gandhi was opposed to modern western civilization and its industrialization. He saw intrinsic value in manual labor.

Gandhi favored equal treatment of all people, not only under the law, but as a matter of moral conscience. Gandhi’s ideal was of a spiritual, not material, civilization.

Gandhi realized that a society, and its government, could only be as good as its people. Therefore, moral virtue as a norm is a necessity to have a decent polity, regardless of its form.

You must be the change you want to see in the world. ~ Mahatma Gandhi