Gandhi's Life Journey. Essay

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We live in era where moral decay is evident in all aspects of life. Were a society no longer looks to preserve life through peace but to preserve peace through the destruction of life. In such a perilous time it requires great men that fear truth only to stand against the tyranny of the "civilized" man. Through belief and action Mahatma Gandhi proved not only a noble philosopher but a influential advocate in the affairs of human rights.Born on October 2, 1869, in a small northwestern peninsula of India called Kathiawad, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi began to learn the ways that would forever change his people and the entire thinking of mankind. It was here that Gandhi was taught the complex traditions and systems of the Indian people. Being apart of the Vaishya (trade and commerce) class in the Indian caste system, Gandhi was able to learn from his father and grandfather the virtues of love and honesty. Both men employed trade in their own state but would travel as ministers to the other providences and states. It was their unconquerable honor that made them well respected throughout all the lands they visited.It was also the practice of these virtues in the home that would influence Gandhi later in his life. From his autobiography Gandhi tells a story about some wayward actions of his youth. For a time Gandhi was greatly influenced by an older friend in his high school years. This friend convinced Gandhi to eat meat (a great sin in his parent's religion) and to smoke cigarettes. Often they would sneak off and find places to hind out and indulge in these social tabooed practices. These excursions went on for sometime and pushed the young Gandhi to steal money from his parents in order to fulfill his needs.At last, the guilt overpowered Gandhi and he confessed to his father all his deeds. The punishment that Gandhi received was not the harshness that he was expecting. Instead, his only punishments were his father's silent tears and forgiveness. This was for him the first lesson of the powers of truthfulness and love (ahimsa). As Gandhi states in his book, autobiography:"This was for me an object lesson in Ahimsa. . . . When such Ahimsa becomes all-embracing, it transforms everything it touches. There is no limit to its power."This experience was the nestling seed of the dual principles of Love and Truth that Gandhi would later teach to millions.As Gandhi reached adulthood he was able to convince his parent's to send him to Law School in London. This consent was only given after Gandhi gave a vow to his mother that he would not eat any meat and that he would avoid suspicious company. It was in London that Gandhi would begin to overcome one of his greatest fears - shyness. All of Gandhi's life he suffered from shyness and the fear of public speaking. Yet, London proved to be fertile ground for Gandhi to discover his true self and work towards overcoming his shyness. Though, by the time he returned back to his family he had not completely overcome his...

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