Quotes[ edit ] Men are qualified for civil liberty in exact proportion to their disposition to put moral chains upon their own appetites, — in proportion as their love to justice is above their rapacity, — in proportion as their soundness and sobriety of understanding is above their vanity and presumption— in proportion as they are more disposed to listen to the counsels of the wise and goodin preference to the flattery of knaves. There is a sort of enthusiasm in all projectors, absolutely necessary for their affairs, which makes them proof against the most fatiguing delays, the most mortifying disappointments, the most shocking insults; and, what is severer than all, the presumptuous judgement of the ignorant upon their designs. An account of the European Settlements in Americapp. Little, Brown Lawslike houses, lean on one another.
This essay has influenced many later practitioners of civil disobedience and non-violent or passive resistance. Passive Resistance has served as a major tactic of nationalist movements in former colonies in Africa and Asia prior to their gaining independence.
Most notably Mahatma Gandhi developed civil disobedience as an anti-colonialist tool. In seeking an active form of passive resistance, one may choose to deliberately break certain laws, for example forming a peaceful blockade. Protesters often undergo training in advance on how to react to arrest or to attack, so that they will do so in a manner that quietly or limply resists without threatening the authorities.
For example, Mahatma Gandhi outlined the following rules: A civil resister or satyagrahi will harbour no anger. He will suffer the anger of the opponent.
In so doing he will put up with assaults from the opponent, never retaliate; but he will not submit, out of fear of punishment or the like, to any order given in anger. When any person in authority seeks to arrest a civil resister, he will voluntarily submit to the arrest, and he will not resist the attachment or removal of his own property, if any, when it is sought to be confiscated by authorities.
If a civil resister has any property in his possession as a trustee, he will refuse to surrender it, even though in defending it he might lose his life. He will, however, never retaliate. Retaliation includes swearing and cursing. Therefore a civil resister will never insult his opponent, and therefore also not take part in many of the newly coined cries which are contrary to the spirit of ahimsa.
A civil resister will not salute the Union Jack, nor will he insult it or officials, English or Indian. In the course of the struggle if anyone insults an official or commits an assault upon him, a civil resister will protect such official or officials from the insult or attack even at the risk of his life.
Satyagraha is the philosophy of nonviolent resistance most famously employed by Mohandas Gandhi in forcing an end to the British Raj and also against apartheid in South Africa. The word is rooted in Sanskrit, Hindi and Gujarati.
He tried to achieve this by learning from his own mistakes and conducting experiments on himself. Gandhi found that uncovering the truth was not always popular as many people were resistant to change, preferring instead to maintain the existing status quo because of either inertia, self-interest or misguided beliefs.
However he also discovered that once the truth was on the march nothing could stop it. All it took was time to achieve traction and gain momentum. Gandhi said that the most important battle to fight was in overcoming his own demons, fears and insecurities.
He thought it was all too easy to blame people, governing powers or enemies for his personal actions and well-being. He noted the solution to problems could normally be found just by looking in the mirror.
One of the greatest contributions of Mahatma Gandhi was in the realm of ontology and its association with truth. For Gandhi, "to be" did not mean to exist within the realm of time, as it has in the past with the Greek philosophers. Gandhi summarized his beliefs first when he said "God is Truth," but as typical of Gandhi, he evolved, later to correct himself and state that "Truth is God.
It shares all the characteristics of the Hindu concept of God, or Brahman.
It lives within us, that little voice that tells us what to do, but also guides the universe. Nonviolence The concept of nonviolence ahimsa and nonresistance has a long history in Indian religious thought and has had many revivals in Hindu, Buddhist, Jain and Christian contexts.
He was quoted as saying: There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall -- think of it, ALWAYS. In applying these principles, Gandhi did not balk from taking them to their most logical extremes.
You will invite Herr Hitler and Signor Mussolini to take what they want of the countries you call your possessions If these gentlemen choose to occupy your homes, you will vacate them. If they do not give you free passage out, you will allow yourselves, man, woman, and child, to be slaughtered, but you will refuse to owe allegiance to them".
They should have thrown themselves into the sea from cliffs. He therefore advised that everyone need not keep to nonviolence, especially if it was used as a cover for cowardice. Basic Concepts of Satyagraha: In order to see more of the truth we must share our truths cooperatively. This implies a desire to communicate and a determination to do so, which in turn requires developing and refining relevant skills of communication.
Commitment to seeing as much of the truth as possible means that we can not afford to categorize ourselves or others.Search the world's information, including webpages, images, videos and more. Google has many special features to help you find exactly what you're looking for.
Gandhi and Civil Disobedience Gandhi and Civil Disobedience. While in jail, Gandhi read the essay “Civil Disobedience” by Henry David Thoreau, a 19th-century American writer.
Gandhi adopted the term “civil disobedience” to describe his strategy of non-violently refusing to cooperate with injustice, but he preferred the Sanskrit word. Freedom and Development in Historical Context: A Comparison of Gandhi and Fanon’s Approaches to Liberation by Neil Howard University of Oxford Oxford, UK [email protected] Abstract his peaceful civil disobedience campaigns demonstrated a continual, symbiotic and functional relationship with the use of force.
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In the winter of I was kindly invited by the Institute of Gandhian Studies to take part in the International Conference on the import of Gandhi's heritage to the 21st century. An Analysis ofthe Justification for the use ofViolence for Political Purposes Louisa Dean Introduction particular, by the use ofnon-cooperationand civil disobedience.
Gandhi recognized that the credibility of resistance, based on declared moral principles, is maintained only so long as conduct, unconditionally if.