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People who Changed The World – Week #3
Today I’ve decided to write about Mahatma Gandhi – the one who freed an entire country with his peaceful movement. He wasn’t the first and he won’t be the last revolutionist but certainly he is the most famous of the world’s peaceful political dissidents.
Mohandas Gandhi — more known as Mahatma — led India’s independence movement without any violence involved and he’s named as one of the 20th century’s most important figures and remains revered in India as the father of the nation.
So How did Mahatma Gandhi Change the World?
When Gandhi returned to India at the age of 46, he started traveling widely among the country, helping to settle many local disputes. His big success lead to him being admired throughout the country so much that one of India’s most well-known writers gave Gandhi the title Mahatma (“Great Soul”).
Mahatma Gandhi became a leader of the Indian community and over the years developed a political movement based on the methods of non-violent civil disobedience, which he called “satyagraha”. He dressed simply, in a loin cloth and shawl, and he didn’t have any other material possessions.
To those who don’t know India was a British Colony.
During the years Gandhi would be imprisoned many times, but that didn’t stop him but what Gandhi managed to do was that he developed satyagraha into a national movement, stressing passive resistance, nonviolent disobedience, boycotts and, on occasion, hunger strikes. He became so well-known and respected, that he gained influence with both the British ruler and the general public.
Mahatma Gandhi believed in the unity of all mankind under one god. As a youth, he was neither a genius nor a child prodigy and actually he suffered from extreme shyness. However, he approached life with making small steps towards his goals, which he pursued relentlessly. By the time he died, India had become an independent country, free of British rule and actually India became the largest democracy in the world. Today, Gandhi is remembered not only as a political leader, but also as a moralist who appealed to the universal conscience of mankind.
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On January 30, 1948, just after India attained its independence from Britain, Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated.
Now more than everything else what Mahatma Gandhi proved was that ONE MAN can change the world, he managed to take down an empire without using any violence. And his example was later followed by other peaceful resisters such as Martin Luther King Jr. and Dalai Lama. He freed India from the British Empire, without using any violence and advocated that others do the same, and who could believe that such a skinny and shy man could do it, but he is another proof of what we as humans can achieve, and if Mahatma Gandhi could do it, why do you think you can’t?
Just give me a single reason, he wasn’t a genius neither a prodigy, he came from a middle class family, but he did something that most would describe as “impossible”, now many would disagree and I’m fine with that, as you know there will always be haters trying to prove you wrong, but it’s your choice if you listen to them.
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Like guys you have to understand that we all have the power to change the world, and believe me the ones changing the world are humans not freaking “aliens”for god sake! So remember that we are the ones shaping our destiny, we are the ones that create the future, we make our own decesions and in the end we all get what we deserve, and remember this –
“The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the worldare the ones who do” – Steve Jobs
So be crazy, be creative, be original and never forget that we get to live once and if you want to work a job that makes you unhappy for the rest of your life, that’s fine with me, but don’t forget that we get to live once, so it’s your choice – Be happy and do the things you love or be miserable doing the things you hate, because someone told you that was the right path!
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