Wednesday, June 28, 2006

You can do it

"If I seem to take part in politics, it is only because politics encircles us today like the coil of a snake from which one cannot get out, no matter how much one tries. I wish therefore to wrestle with the snake."
- Mohandas K. (The Mahatma – "Great Soul") Gandhi

The image of a constrictor that wraps itself around our lives suits the concept of politics. Even those who want to have nothing to do with politics can't avoid it because it affects almost everything we do with our lives.

Gandhi wanted to wrestle with the snake. This is a man who, in 1947, when Britain thought it could not cope with the uprisings in Calcutta but might be able to manage the much smaller one in the Punjab, sent The Mahatma to deal with the 55,000 angry Bengalis single-handedly. No riot ensued in Calcutta, but the Punjab was aflame when the Brits arrived.

Mohandas Gandhi knew people, knew how to inspire people. Despite his decidedly eccentric ways (after his wife died, he forced his niece to sleep in the same bed as him as a challenge of self discipline for himself) he knew how to reach people, knew how to give them real hope, knew how to get them to do what they needed to do to achieve national independence peacefully.

Gandhi was only one man, but he influenced millions. He persuaded Britain to give up its greatest treasure, the Jewel of the Crown, his beloved India.

I won't give up in my quest to let the world know how it can better itself either. And I won't let you give up.

The snake can be tamed. It can be made to work for its owners (citizens) if the owners know what to do with it.

Almost every social (community) problem that exists today can be reduced to an insignificant level and many personal problems will never come about if we take the time to learn how to do it.

The ways of the past all failed. This way will succeed. If the bad guys are using it to convince individuals to become suicide bombers, to join religious cults and to vote for presidents whose main agenda is to take their countries into war, then the good guys can use the same methods effectively too.

There are more good guys, so their ways should supercede over those of the bad guys.

Don't know what I am talking about? Then hie thee hence to to learn.

Bill Allin
'Turning it Around: Causes and Cures for Today's Epidemic Social Problems,' striving to persuade the few to tell the many the good news that there is real reason for hope for the future.
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