Gandhi Slavery Of Our Time Analysis

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Main Concepts influenced Gandhi After seeing how close Tolstoy’s writing to what he believes, Gandhi was eager to read more of Tolstoy’s publications including, The Kingdom of God Is within You, What Is Art? The Slavery of Our Times, The First Step and How Shall We Escape? He was influenced by three main concepts which are non-resistance, bread labor, and non-possession. 1. Truth and non-resistance For Gandhi, truth is at the top then comes non-violence principle. In fact, he said that in his search for the truth, he discovered non-violence. Accordingly, he believed that devoting ourselves to truth is the sole reason for why we exist. He emphasized on the search for truth and that it should be in the center of one’s life, “when once this stage is pilgrim’s progress is…show more content…
This concept simply encourages people to eat in order to live rather than to live in order to eat. It could be represented in two images. The first one is that people should work for themselves and should not let others use them for their own privilege. Work is not restricted in the occupation where you work and get paid but it expands to exercising physically and intellectually. Humans need practices and exercises to be healthier physically and mentally. The second image which almost everyone ignores or pays little attention to is that people should be consciously willing to work because if they are not, they would not be productive. If people thought that labor is one of life’s inevitable rules, their work would be routines and would not be as fruitful as it should be (Govindji, 2011). 3. Non-possession Non-possession is related to Bread Labor, it is when rich people cease to avail others for their own privileges. If they gave up their wealth, there will be no class system and all people would be economically equal (Murthy, 1987). It is simply to get rid of what is not needed and live with what is
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