Eye For An Eye Leaves The World Blind

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Eye for an eye leaves the world blind. Non-violence has been proven to be the best and least destructive way to resolve conflicts. The main problem that arises with violence is that they quickly reach a point where the involved people and parties are only interested in defeating the opponent. And in the process, the objective and the goal of the movement and struggle is lost. Some of the best examples of non-violence in the recent times are from Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., and Nelson Mandela. All of them were successful in exercising this philosophy. Gandhi won independence for India, Nelson Mandela achieved independence for South Africa, and Martin Luther King Jr. got the Civil Rights Bill passed and signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson. Nonviolence is the best way to resolve conflicts as it is a philosophy that achieves resolution without causing harm to others. History shows that Indians suffered from British rule over India which involved a lot of violence against the Indians. One example of the violence is the Amritsar Massacre, where over 1,000 people were killed by the British soldiers. The atrocity was the prelude to Gandhi’s peaceful revolution. It was also the biggest and final action that made Indians feel that they should not tolerate the violence without any action. The Indian Revolution began in order to end British colonization in India. Gandhi led the non-violent revolt with non-violent civil disobedience. The British levied tax on salt derived from sea water. Gandhi refused to pay that tax and symbolized the defiance by distilling salt from the sea water. There were a lot of police brutalities involved in subduing the movement. But the crowd lead by Gandhi did not retaliate. Gandhi was arrested an... ... middle of paper ... ...ndhi and his people faced the violence from the British but they did not retaliate, but instead took the beatings and reiterated what they needed. In the end India won its independence. Martin Luther King Jr. and his supporters faced violence from those who did not want the civil rights bill to be passed, who wanted segregation to continue, but they took the violence and threats but kept going without retaliation. As a result, women and African Americans are now allowed to vote and be treated equal. Nelson Mandela and his followers faced imprisonment. However, he did not stop fighting for a better nation which would not be racially discriminatory and one that would be peaceful. But for the nonviolent approach, there would have been innumerable deaths and destruction. The philosophy and practice of non-violence, very convincingly, makes the world to be a better place.

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