DIJKKIJK From France, joined Jul 2003, 1865 posts, RR: 4 Posted (10 years 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 3563 times:
To most people who have read about this man, he was a great person who taught the world that peace and non-violence could be used as weapons to humble the mighty opressors. Surely, many independence and civil rights movements other than the Indian one, inspired by his ideals have been highly successful.
But given the extendt of violence and terrorism in the world today, all in the name of certain struggles, do you think Gandhi's message has been lost? Or is it that people resort to violent acts as they get the message across in a better (more visible) way ?
What are your views on this?
Never argue with idiots. They will bring you down to their level, and beat you with experience.
Matt D From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 9502 posts, RR: 45
Reply 1, posted (10 years 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 3553 times:
The simple messages of peace and respect NEVER get outdated. But as long as men have penises and there are rich and poor people, as well as endless consumerism being rammed down our throught, there are always going to be some factions that are going to be determined to start trouble to get what they want or make a name for themselves.
SSTjumbo From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (10 years 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 3548 times:
There has to be a distinction between violence in protests and violence in response to protests. Violence has no place in protests obviously, but if a protest gets violent and uncontrollable (arguably as in 9/11), counterforce must be used to keep the violence in check, as long as the purpose isn't to one-up your opponent.
I think as long as there is 'something to argue about' we are always going to have variations on achieving objectives.
Obviuosly most of us in the states would rather alcaida had found a peaceful way of getting their point across then 9/11, and I'm sure 1,000's of Iraqi's would have liked a more peaceful removal of Saddam.
The problem to me is you have these nuts that think 'more guns/weapons' are a solution, the solution is killing them with kindness if you ask me. I'm sure that lady in Atlanta who turned that guy who killed the bailif and others will agree..