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Transcript of Gandhi
My Definition of a Hero
"I cannot teach you violence,
as I do not believe in it.
I can only teach you not to bow your heads before anyone
even at the cost of your life.
My definition of a hero is somebody who has compassion for those suffering, they promote social awareness to a certain problem in the world, or many different ones. Problems such as; Injustice, disease, war, abuse etc. They should be intelligent, with good judgement, and should act on reasonable ideas and facts. They must not be narrow minded, and should not work off of their own selfishness or individualism. They must not be swayed by physicality, race, religion, weight, wealth, gender etc. They must be brave and courageous, and stand up for their beliefs and morals, respect elders, and provide love for those they care about. Most of all, they must stand for a good cause.
"Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it."
"I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent."
"Always aim at complete harmony of thought and word and deed. Always aim at purifying your thoughts and everything will be well."
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was born on October 2, 1869 in Porbandar, India.
At the age of 13 Gandhi married Kasturba, a girl the same age. Their parents arranged the marriage. The Gandhis had four children.
Gandhi studied law in London and returned to India in 1891 to practice. In 1893 he took on a one-year contract to do legal work in South. Gandhi stayed in South Africa for 21 years working to secure rights for Indian people.
In 1915 Gandhi returned to India. Within 15 years he became the leader of the Indian nationalist movement.
Using the principles of Satyagraha he led the campaign for Indian independence from Britain. Gandhi was arrested many times by the British for his activities in South Africa and India. He believed it was honorable to go to jail for a just cause. Altogether he spent seven years in prison.
India was granted independence in 1947, and partitioned into India and Pakistan.
On January 13, 1948, at the age of 78, he began a fast with the purpose of stopping the bloodshed. After 5 days the opposing leaders pledged to stop the fighting and Gandhi broke his fast. Twelve days later a Hindu fanatic, Nathuram Godse who opposed his program of tolerance for all creeds and religion assassinated him.
His heart was full of love
Towards all human beings
Himself, he was truth incarnate
And gentle like a dove.
He travelled East and West
But what was his quest
It was for the country's sake
It was for the country's best.
He freed our country from the foreign yoke
In a non-violent way
And gave his life for the country's sake
Facing the bullet of astray.
You have left us a great legacy
Of truth and sharing with everyone.
You look so simple at the spinning wheel
yet glory of labour to us you have taught
To the teeming hungry millions
Hope you have brought.
Your noble pain we shall tread
And strive to keep our country free
From bare and selfish thoughts
And any kind of slavery.
Gandhi fits every aspect of my definition of a hero. . He devoted his life to the freedom of the people of India, poor or rich, Muslim or Hindu, standing up against the British without using violence or disobeying the laws - he used his intelligence and faith in God to outsmart the British and started a revolution. Although he was just a small man he was extremely brave and courageous, he didn't mind giving up his luxuries to live the life of a poor man in order to better understand the people. He went to jail on several occasions without losing his faith that India would gain it's independence. Gandhi saved millions of peoples lives, and dignity, and therefore he fits my description of a hero perfectly.