Similarities Between Thoreau And Gandhi

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The views Thoreau presents in his works on have a clear connection to Gandhi’s beliefs. Both Thoreau and Gandhi advocate for the idea that violence is not the solution when at a disagreement or argument. One of Gandhi’s most famous quotes reads, “An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind.” He is going against revenge and violent acts. Similarly Thoreau also writes, “The mass of men serve the state thus, not as men mainly, but as machines, with their bodies.” Here he is explaining soldiers and how he believes it is almost inhumane to put them in these violent situations. Also, Thoreau and Gandhi both agree that following a system with unjust laws is morally wrong. Gandhi stated on behalf of his supporters and himself that they…show more content…
MLK exhibited similar qualities such as the belief in peaceful protests and civil disobedience. In one of his many impactful speeches he preached, “Nonviolence is a powerful and just weapon.” He takes on the belief in peace and nonviolent acts which was a common belief among Thoreau and Gandhi as well. Along with the belief in peace he also reflected on unjust laws mostly pertaining to equality. He stated, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” He is talking about injustice in the system and the effects it can have. This also goes back to Thoreau's stance on injustice and unjust laws. One last way that he can relate to other civil disobedience activist is his belief in not giving into things that do not coincide with your morals. He says, “The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood.” This quote elaborates on not conforming to society when it goes against your morality. From unjust laws to peaceful acts Martin Luther King Jr. exhibits the same belief system that Gandhi and Thoreau did
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