Gandhi Quotes: Here’s A Good One

It’s been a while since I last posted, but I should be pretty consistent for a while now.

I’ve noticed over the years that people tend to quote Gandhi for inspiration.  Now, I’m not going to make this a long drawn out essay, but these few quotes should sum up my point.  From Wikipedia:

In accordance with these views, in 1940, when invasion of the British Isles by Nazi Germany looked imminent, Gandhi offered the following advice to the British people (Non-Violence in Peace and War):[67]

“I would like you to lay down the arms you have as being useless for saving you or humanity. You will invite Herr Hitler and Signor Mussolini to take what they want of the countries you call your possessions…If these gentlemen choose to occupy your homes, you will vacate them. If they do not give you free passage out, you will allow yourselves, man, woman, and child, to be slaughtered, but you will refuse to owe allegiance to them.”

In a post-war interview in 1946, he offered a view at an even further extreme:

“Hitler,” Gandhi said, “killed five million Jews. It is the greatest crime of our time. But the Jews should have offered themselves to the butcher’s knife. They should have thrown themselves into the sea from cliffs… It would have aroused the world and the people of Germany… As it is they succumbed anyway in their millions.”[68]

Yes, he is saying that the British should have allowed themselves to be slaughtered, and not only that, but 5 million Jews should have killed themselves.  This seems like a productive strategy, when someone is attacked, the victim should submit and let themselves be murdered.

Now, I am against most violence, ie., the wars now, Vietnam, etc.  But, WWII was an exception for countless reasons.

These quotes, and more beliefs like them from Gandhi are some of the reasons why I think people should stop quoting him for inspiration.  Instead, why don’t you turn to Einstein, or Feynman?  For they are far better than someone who walks around in a sheet and tells the Jews to kill themselves.

I’ll end it with this:

I believe that a scientist looking at nonscientific problems is just as dumb as the next guy.  –Richard P. Feynman


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