Gandhi : The Clash Of Swords

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The clash of swords; the twang of bowstrings. The whistle of bullets. Bodies span the ages and litter the lands of the nations. Their blood cries from the ground upon which they fell, calling for vengeance on the governments and societies that so wronged them. This was the pattern that existed since the beginning of time, until the world met one man. With one mission. Now, there are generations upon generations that will never forget him. Mahatma Gandhi once said, “You must be the change you wish to see in the world” (“Mahatma Gandhi Quotes”). He admirably exemplified this in his own life and showed the world that peace is possible. Mahatma Gandhi rose from a world of intense social boundaries and taught the world that every person is equal. Mohandas Gandhi, later named by his followers Mahatma, or the “great-souled one”, was born into a privileged society in India. He was fortunate to receive an education, however he was a poor student; this did not stop him from later continuing his education. His father died while Gandhi was still young. When he was thirteen, acting upon the previously arranged marriage, he took Kasturba, also thirteen, to wife. They had 4 children before Gandhi left India to study law abroad in London (“Manas: History and Politics, Mahatma Gandhi”). “It is said that his mother, a devout woman, made him promise to stay away from women, alcohol and meat” (“Manas: History and Politics, Mahatma Gandhi”). However, in his first month’s of freedom, he did experiment with smoking, meat and petty theft, though lamented all in his later years. Gandhi wanted to cast aside the image of the Indian boy he had been, so along with his “indiscretions”, he attempted to immerse himself into the British life. The first three m... ... middle of paper ... ...nigno Aquino, Jr. from the Philippines have credited Gandhi with helping them to change their societies ("Famous Personalities Influenced by Gandhi."). The profound effect Gandhi had in the hearts of freedom fighters can never be accurately expressed or even described. The world from which he came and the experiences he had which helped him to change the lives of millions both in the past and present days are incredible. The idea that one man could have changed the world without violence or the added agony of death is terrifying and inspiring. If one man can believe so strongly in an ideal that he can influence a whole century, it begs the question: what else can one person do? All it took was one man, With one mission. Gandhi nearly reversed incorrect human thought and was able to make those believed to be lesser feel as though they had their equal place in society.

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