Gandhi, Thoreau, King Essay

649 WordsNov 3, 20113 Pages
Those who commit injustice will ultimately suffer more than those who defy justice will. It takes a strong willed person to stand up for what is right. One may be looked at differently, but it is well worth it to make the point clear. Gandhi, Thoreau, and Martin Luther King Jr. all preach their knowledge of the world through speeches and scriptures that educated readers about the importance of self-reliance and self-independence. When one supports injustice, it is threatening to the quality of life they choose to live. It will lead to a violent lifestyle. In Gandhi’s ‘Nonviolent Resistance”, he powerfully explains the critical impingement of violence “Everywhere wars are fought and millions and millions of people are killed. The consequence is not the progress of a nation but its decline. Soldiers returning from the front have become so bereft of reason that they indulge in carious anti-social activities.” Gandhi proves a point; violence will only affect one in a negative way. How we react to violence can change the world that we live in. The cause of violence is conflict. In order to change the destructive pattern we are falling into, conflict should be dealt with differently. The difference between destructive conflict and peaceful conflict is violence. We must understand that conflict is a given occurrence- in our communities, houses, work places, and throughout the world. Although, conflict is not always a bad thing, only as long as it is peaceful conflict. Destructive violence is evitable and it may possibly lead to imprisonment and eventually death. In a letter from Birmingham Jail 16 April, 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote “An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the

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