“If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. … We need not wait to see what others do.” – Mahatma Gandhi
Filed under Personal, Philosophy
Ghandi was a true sage. The most important element of this though is that man has to effect the change ‘himself’ there is no point in others trying to change him. You can lead a horse to water…………………
I hate to pee in your swimming pool, so to speak and to be a cynic, but Gandhi used to beat his wife and said some really grotesque things about the Holocaust…(google it). He was good for a soundbite or two though, I grant you- Sorry. I’ll shut up now.
He also believed women who had been raped lost their value as human beings, and could be killed by male family members to protect the family honour.
Shame. It’s partly ruined “be the change” for me. Used to be my favorite quote.
Thanks, I didn’t know that!. Reminds me of the Hari Krishna cult, whose ‘path to enlightenment’ includes a similarly demeaning view of women and a virulent racism towards black people- despite all the love and peace cobblers…
Did it not occur to you that it might have been written as a soliloquy, a piece of self chiding?
The Lords prayer offers an insight if you are of a religious pursuasion, there’s even guidance for those initial stone throwers amongst us within the Life of Brian movie.
Not that Gandhi was a God, he was just treated as one in a land of illiterates.
Words mean different things to different people, it’s only people that change, not the words.