Gandhi's Philosophy of Non-Violence Essay

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Gandhi’s Philosophy of Non-Violence
First there was hostility, blood, vandalism, looting, pillaging, and then there was Gandhi. Mahatma Gandhi was one of the most influential people in history and fittingly has a place in the pantheon of the visionaries who changed the world. His philosophies of ahimsa and satyagraha, meaning non violence and non violent resistance respectively as a form of civil resistance and disobedience is one of the most prominent and most renowned for its massive implementations throught history. This essay’s aim is to describe the basic principles of ahimsa (non-violence) as it was introduced by Gandhi and bring to light one very important aspect of his teachings,
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In practicing the relational values of non violence we seek to recuperate and renew ourselves, become the change we want to see in the world and eventually demonstrate that people, organizations and governments can move the world toward love and peace pro-actively. Ahimsa gives man the possibility to reinstate impartiality and social order and by no means usurp authority (Berton 23).
One aspect of Gandhi’s philosophy that is universally unfamiliar is that of the multidimensionality of violence. Douglas Allen, in his article “Mahatma Gandhi on Violence and Peace Education” focuses attention on this feature. “Gandhi, of course is very concerned with violence in the more usual sense of overt physical violence” (Allen 295). However, as Allen correctly points out, such severe explicit violence only comprises a minute quantity of the violence that ought to be dealt with (295). “For Gandhi, non violence is more than the absence of overt violence; peace is more than the absence of overt war…” (Allen 294). According to Douglas Allen, “interpreters of violence”, center on obvious demonstrations, such as murdering, injuring, rape etc. while Gandhi focuses on the diverse kinds of violence and how status quo, even when liberated from explicit violent disagreements, is undeniably very aggressive (294). “These many dimensions of violence interact, [and] mutually reinforce each other…” (Allen 295). Gandhi, as Allen

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