The Power of Non-Violence
The concept of nonviolence has been used to promote change in the world. At first, this way of thinking was seen as unpractical. It was not until a man named Mahatma Gandhi began to speak the idea known as Ahimsa throughout India. More ideas similar to this were incorporated in Gandhi’s philosophy known as “Satyagraha”. Gandhi witnessed his beloved country of India be controlled by the British Empire. The ways that he acted against the violation of human rights were through nonviolent protest and fasting. These actions lead to Gandhi’s imprisonment from 1922 to 1924. Because of his revolutionary ideologies, India was liberated from British rule. On January 30, 1948 Gandhi was assassinated. Gandhi’s philosophy of ahimsa is useful because it shed insight on the letter written by Dr. Martin Luther King years later. Dr. King was imprisoned as a participant in non-violent demonstrations against segregation. From the Birmingham jail, Dr. king wrote a letter in response to a public statement of concern by white religious leader of the South. In this letter, he urges his fellow black brothers to participate in non-violent actions in order to be successful. There are various similarities between Gandhi and Dr. King. Some examples include the importance of acting without violence, the necessity of breaking laws if they are deemed unjust, and the dedication of their lives to helping people reach equality. Both men were strong leaders and their legacy will live on forever. It is so important to realize that the ideas that both Gandhi and Dr. King echo one another through their philosophies. The following of laws by the people is important for any government to function properly. Law is defined as the system of rules that a particular country recognized as regulating the actions of its members and may enforce by the imposition of penalty. Throughout the history of the world laws have either been beneficial or devastating to it....
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