Re: Theos-World Re: Can theos-talk look at the world?
Sep 26, 2004 11:34 PM
by Erica Letzerich
Yes, I know about the differences between Besant and Gandhi, I just do not understand your (sorry to mention her name again). Besant was saying that his organization of non violent strikes was also a form of violence.
prmoliveira <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
--- In email@example.com, Erica Letzerich
> Gandhi would never agree with that.
Probably not. But would he have watched, passively, gang-rape of
women on a mass scale?
It is said that Annie Besant (sorry to mention her name again) told
him (about his civil disobedience strategy): "You can teach people
to break the law, but once you do that you will never teach them to
respect the law again". One of the legacies of his non-violent
struggle was Partition, and it was, in all respects, unadulterated
bloodshed, which is one of the outcomes of violence.
Non-violence, as an ideology, has many merits but, like every thing
under the sun, it is not absolute. The duty of the strong is to
defend those who cannot defend themselves.
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