It’s the age of war and internet and this man, Gandhi – the father of our nation as we know him – is making sense like never before. His 68 year old thoughts are coming to play in 2015. It’s his birthday today and I am sure he must be penning down some great experiments up there in the heavens. Some people are called visionaries for a reason.
1. Be the change that you want to see in the world.
It’s the digitization era and the power rests on each click. For ages we have been playing the blame game and finally we have learned to take that first step to bring the change we have been dying to see all around.
2. Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you are to live forever.
Oh hello the ever-trending #YOLO. Indeed, 2015 fellas know how to live it as if they were to die tomorrow. The burning wanderlust to explore and learn is evident in how everybody wants to backpack and become a traveler, not a tourist. We might be low on cash but we are hearty when it comes to splurging on experiences. Isn’t that true learning?
3. I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet.
As Gandhi said it, and as paradoxical as this may seem in “kalyug”, there is a strong message of positivity going around the world. Negative and toxic thoughts as well as people are being kept at bay. The mind is the foundation of the actions we perform and henceforth, it’s extremely vital to not let negative thoughts imprint in our mind.
4. An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind.
The wars and terrorism of today stem from retaliation. We retaliate blood with blood and hatred with hatred. What is it serving? A war in Afghanistan to retaliate terrorism in USA only ended up in mass destruction. The humans of Afghanistan are as humane as those of America. It’s not the political boundaries being hurt, it’s all of us.
6. When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it–always.
Hitler seemed invincible. But he had a great fall. Didn’t he? George W Bush is considered the second most dangerous tyrant. Our good man Obama finally did take over. No? They always, always fall. Good people take over. With a long, enriching history, we in 2015 can bet on this statement. So do we despair? Peace will find its way, soon.
7. A man is but the product of his thoughts. What he thinks, he becomes.
There is war, global warming and an approaching doomsday. Yet, it’s a good time. Remember when we were unaware of these terms and never tried looking for solutions? Well, we are way ahead today! There is a stirring debate out there. The brain is exploding with millions of ideas to make this world a better place. The product will soon be out there!
8. The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.
In a nation where we worship cows and yet there are horrific pictures of them being brutally tortured and murdered surfacing, it’s a matter of concern. India isn’t incredible till it progress morally. Moral values make a person and their nation.
9. Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed.
Irreversible climate change has everyone panicking. We need a sustainable solution to our development. The gone by Industrial Age has extracted a whole lot of Earth’s resources, leaving us to worry. We don’t want the worse to happen to our next generation. Let’s not fall for the greed.
10. There are people in the world so hungry that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread.
Religion could be India’s convenient synonym. It’s a place where identities are carved out of homes. In the realm of communist tensions, the poor person honestly doesn’t care if he is fighting for a Muslim or a Hindu as long as he’s getting the bread in return. We need to understand that poverty is the very reason behind religious tensions rather than vice versa. Religion would have been personal had their survival not depended on it.
11. If I had no sense of humor, I would long ago have committed suicide.
In this world where there is a ban on everyone and everything, people are getting offended too easily. Someone has said that the best way to tackle world problems is to reveal them in a humorous way; people will take you way more seriously. And when one of the most serious politicians of all times made this statement, we ought to take him seriously. Politicans, listening?
12. As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world – that is the myth of the atomic age – as in being able to remake ourselves.
The myth of the atomic age has been broken in this new media age. This information age is taking the plunge to remake their own self through awareness and learning. We have long been the slaves in the surpassed atomic and industrial ages. Fortunately, the greatness is finding its real meaning through Gandhi’s words.
13. Don’t talk about it. The rose doesn’t have to propagate its perfume. It just gives it forth, and people are drawn to it. Live it, and people will come to see the source of your power.
Gandhi was a leader not a propagator. In this digital era of narcissism (read: 100 selfies) and instant and intensive publicity (read: twitter, snapchat, celeb bloggers), we need to keep our feet on the ground. Hollow promises and oration (err.. does it remind you of THE one?) will not keep up your spirit for long. Action speaks louder than words. He, who is powerful need not propagate.