There are many reasons to revile Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi – his own words give you a foundation upon which you can build as you go along, depending on your particular brand of politics and beliefs. Equally, there are many reasons to admire Mahatma Gandhi – if you’ve heard his name mentioned at all, it’s fairly impossible for you not to have heard at least a couple of them.
The reason why I admire the man is simple: I could never have done what he did.
I don’t mean his national movements (although, yeah, I wouldn’t know where to begin on that either – would this blog do?) but his philosophy of nonviolence. To bear that which is unbearable. To turn the other cheek. To exhibit one’s humanity so blatantly yet passively.
He makes me wish I was a better person.