Gandhi: The Father of a Nation
“Nearly everything you do is of no importance, but it is important that you do it.” -Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
Gandhi is known internationally and by all ages, whether old or young, for his practically one-handed defeat of the powerful British Empire. Mohandas Gandhi, often called Mahatma, a name meaning reverence or loving respect and more specifically Great Soul, or Bapu, meaning father, was born on October 2, 1869 and assassinated on January 30, 1948, at about 77-78 years of age. Mahatma Gandhi is well known for his fighting for the civil rights of Muslim and Hindu Indians in South Africa and India. By using the techniques of non-violent civil disobedience and non-cooperation that he developed, he was successful in both places. One of his quotes that most intrigues me is, “Nearly everything you do is of no importance, but it is important that you do it.”
I selected this quote because it seemed to mean one thing but really another. At first glance, it seems that Gandhi is saying that nothing you do is of great importance, but what I think he really means to say that no matter what you think is important, it is important that you do it because no matter its importance, it has a huge impact on what goes on in the future. I think this defines Gandhi because it shows how a simple choice or idea or decision can impact lives. Because Gandhi decided that it was unjust for Indians to be discriminated in South Africa and because he decided that he would not stand for India to be ruled by people who did not understand her intricacies and twists and turns, who was slowly killing the people and the land, he greatly impacted his future and the futures of others. What seemed to be a small decision at the time became a struggle against unjust laws and caused many changes for Gandhi, South Africa, India, and the whole world. Gandhi’s life and this quote has impacted my life because it has showed me that everything that I do...
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