WOULD GANDHI DO? ESSAYS
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should we care about what Gandhi would do?
This is a simple question with a simple answer.
for peace on Earth.
Our Fragile Mother cannot take much more abuse.
Although we are all individuals with individual beliefs we need
to stand together and say no more to war, famine, disease, and most of
IGNORANCE AND HATRED. The end of all these is what Gandhi wanted.
If we go
with “What would Gandhi do?” in our hearts and minds we can together,
in hand, end it all. Gandhi was a human being, flesh blood and bone,
like the rest of us. “I claim to be no more than an average person with
less than average
ability. I have not the shadow of doubt that any man or woman can
what I have, if he or she would make the same effort and cultivate the
hope and faith.”
We can all be Gandhis in our own right if we strive
to act like
him in word and deed. We need to realize that God, Allah, Brahma, and
plethora of other names the Eternal Father goes by placed us on this
to love each other. And that is what Gandhi would do. He would love.
Whitney Buckley, Norwich NY, October, 2003
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Yesterday, I saw a woman at the Peace Rally with a sign on her shirt
which asked, "What would Gandhi do?" The question speaks poignantly to
the tragic failures of our times to
settle conflicts, or meet the needs of people and protect the earth
resorting to violence. Rev. Dr. Ellen
Johnson-Fay in article "How Do We Know What Is True?
Ethical Decisions -- Models of Ethical Decision Making (excerpt)
What would the most ethical person you know do?
of the person you know or know of (in real life or fiction) who has the
character and best ethical judgment. Then ask yourself: what would that
do in your situation? Think of that person as your decision-making role
and try to behave the way he or she would. Many Christians wear a
bracelet with the letters WWJD standing for the question "What would
do?" Whether you are Christian or not, the idea of referencing a role
can be a useful one. You could translate the question into: "What would
want me to do?" "What would Buddha or Mother Teresa do?" "What would
do?" "What would the most virtuous person in the world do?"
Gandhi by K. Natwar Singh
From tine to time I ask myself -what would Gandhi do
put things right if he were alive today? For one, he would have handled
debate on secularism much more deftly and elevated the quality of our
on the subject. Gandhi was a deeply religious man but his Hindu dharma
inclusive, not exclusive. Ram and Rahim, Ishwar and Allah, Buddha and
Tulsi and Kabir, were never far from his heart and mind. He would have
no moral backsliding. The consumerist culture would have made him
I am not with him on asceticism. I am 100 per cent with him on the path
austerity. Truth, non-violence and genuine simplicity -
is what the world needs. That is what Gandhi stood for.
TERRORISM AND ACTIVIST VIOLENCE
would Gandhi do?
No one loathed terrorism more than Mahatma Gandhi. The Mahatma, who
have turned 132 this month, stood to lose everything when that kind of
marred the otherwise nonviolent freedom struggle in Bengal during the
Yet to the then British rulers of India he made this plea: "Today you
to fight the school of terrorists which is there with your disciplined
organized terrorism, because you will be blind to the facts or the
on the wall. Will you not see the writing that these terrorists are
with their blood ? Will you not see that we do not want bread made of
but we want bread of liberty; and without that liberty there are
today who are sworn not to give themselves peace or to give the country
urge you then to read that writing on the wall. Nobody throws away his
without some motive behind."
Entry What Would Gandhi Do? by
Max Sawicky March 17, 2003
Of course violence and property destruction do not advance the anti-war
Blocking traffic is a tactic best used sparingly, and announced in
Folks often have to get to certain places without delay, and it doesn't
to piss them off too often. It also helps, in this vein, if the
take their medicine -- get arrested and bear the consequences instead
running off (like I did, 30 years ago).
But there is no getting around the symbolic power of
disruption of business as usual, not to mention the war machine
There are lots of other possibilities on tactics too. The
of the giant peace marches ebbs with their frequency, unless their size
gets bigger and bigger all the time.
But as you sally forth, mind the fate of Ms. Corrie.
activist Rachel Corrie run over by an Israeli bulldozer in March 2003.]
will be more of these before we're done, and not just in Israel. People
run down on picket lines all the time, and there was also the case of a
whose legs were severed by a train.
This kind of stuff turns liberals and pacifists into
My college roomie was raised a Goldwater Republican. Went to a
got bonked on the head by a cop, came back wearing a Dick Gregory for
button. He's been f**ed up ever since, God love him. "Kiki Paquet" <
death of an activist during 2001 Genoa Riots by Kiki Paquet, July
....Then, i naturally thought of these heartbreaking
from our respected Mahatma Gandhi: “People follow me in life, worship
in death, but will not make my cause their cause.” We do know his cause
- first of all - nonviolence and self responsibility.
Do you feel the loneliness in this short
Why don’t we prove him wrong just on this one case, my dear Gaian
So let’s just ask ourselves: “what would Gandhi do
this situation?” We know what he actually did in times of internal
he stopped eating.
What is the meaning of such an action? First, it is
kind of mourning, it shows deep sorrow, helpless sorrow.
Second, among his fellows, did he love one more than
other? No, he loved them all, he simply did not want to SEE or CAUSE
It was just wrecking his heart out.
Third, in troubled times, one only creates more
if he stands up with ANGER, then he may be forced to kill or get
causing a kind of “negative knot”; or “bad karma”; for himself and his
he has to avoid both. Furthermore, a “nasty” brother is still a
we can’t help but try and love him anyway, can we?
That is very important: love goes THAT far, and
What Would Gandhi Do If Violence Broke out at a Rally??
EVERYONE IS A PEACEKEEPER
At any demonstration, police, counter-demonstrators, passerbys, police
or demonstrators may become overly aggressive, both verbally and
Whether or not there are official peacekeepers at a demonstration, it
important for everyone be aware of basic peacekeeping/de-escalation
Everyone has both the right and the responsibility to do our best to
our nonviolent demonstrations nonviolent.
Peacekeepers, or anyone finding
necessary to de-escalate a situation, should try to be warm, open,
friendly, and helpful; creative in intervening and resolving conflict;
but not rigid in your upholding of the guidelines; dealing fairly and
with people engaged in conflict; calm and able to control one's own
Below are a few of the best known
proven traditional peacekeeping techniques. They rely on the principles
moral suasion and, in some cases, the willingness to suffer potential
for the cause of nonviolence. Nonviolent peacekeepers do not touch,
tackle or assault disruptive individuals or those destroying
DO NOT TOUCH/THROW THINGS AT POLICE, no matter what. This could
in a long prison term.
What is it
the disruptive person is trying to say? Sometimes just having
listen to their complaints is enough to calm them down.
** TALKING DOWN: Remind disrupter(s) they are outside the action
explain how they may be endangering others; explain that they might be
and what the sentences are if convicted; remind them their acts are
from the message.
** SURROUND AND TALK: Four or more people surround the disrupter to
the behavior and talk about it. (However, if they attempt to leave the
let them, or you could face kidnapping charges.)
** BLOCKADE AND TALK: Three or more people use their bodies
a blockade to protect a person or property being attacked and talk
it with the attacker(s).
details on peace keeping at this web page.
What Would Gandhi
Do? (2003 Iraq War) Collin Baber, Seoul, Korea, March 22, 2003
Dear Citizens and Residents of Korea:
People are being bombed to death in Iraq as this
letter is being written. ...What would Gandhi do?
He would find a non-violent method to get the point
He once made salt when it was illegal to do so under colonial
By his actions and the strict use of non-violence, he liberated the
subcontinent from Foreign imperial oppression and domination.
Just as Gandhi used salt, so can you. Salt is
Salary is the money you earn in exchange for your labor. Use the
of consumer free-choice.
Want real justice? Boycott those who bomb!
Those countries who are dropping bombs and killing
listen not to your voices in the street, but to money their
donate to their political campaigns and money that you spend on
of their franchised operations.
Give them the silent treatment.
As from this point forward I am applying my own
economic sanctions on the main mechanized aggressors of the current
firestorm: Great Britain and my home country, the United States.
can't contribute financially to this slaughter and maintain my
I will fly a Canadian plane to North America next
not an American one. Canada said no to this war and I will reward
accordingly. Buying a car or planning to send your child to
overseas? Pharmaceuticals, aircraft, banking and fast food?
crops? Software? Cigarettes? Government bonds? It is my choice
to spend what little money I have in this vibrant Korean democracy of
people and a free-market economy - and the choice is yours too.
No salt from me. Pray for peaceful