Friday, July 10, 2009

why I love Gandhi

MEANWHILE : Gandhi, for one, would have found it funny - The New York Times
When a reporter asked him what he thought of Western civilization, he famously replied: "I think it would be a good idea." He did not spare journalists either, saying: "I believe in equality for everyone, except reporters and photographers."

Even the mightiest were not spared. In order to identify with India's poorest, Gandhi used to wear a homespun loincloth all the time. Winston Churchill bristled at the thought of a "half-naked fakir" going to meet the British king thus attired.

But that's exactly what Gandhi did at the Round Table Conference in London called to discuss India's future in the 1930's. He went in his loincloth to Buckingham Palace and met the king. Later, when somebody asked him if he felt that was proper, Gandhi replied: "The king had enough for both of us."

Gandhi believed his life was his message, and, as such, he lived simply, usually traveling by the cheapest form of transportation — the third class of Indian Railways. To a reporter's question as to why he did this, Gandhi said, "Because there is no fourth class."


  1. Living simply isn't enough now. If we as individuals all live simply and recycle and do all the things we've been told to do, it won't stop global warming. We have to have a cultural revolution and the busidoms must, must, must be forced to change their ways. (First, corporations should not have the same rights as individuals.) Busidoms are taking us over the cliff with them and we don't even notice it. We as individuals are bailing out w/ tablespoons while industry and the military are gleefully using jackhammers to let the deluge in--while passing money back and forth between them. (Yes, I'm mixing metaphors, but who cares?)

  2. All true. Gandhi would agree that you have to work for global change. But if you want the revolution, you have to live as if it's possible. It's not personal vs. social change. It's both.