Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Un poco de Gandhi para Colombia

Bueno en estos dias he estado leyendo "The Essential Gandhi. An Anthology of His Writings on His Life, Work, and Ideas", y hubo un capitulo ("Gandhi's road to jail") que de alguna manera me hizo pensar en la situacion actual de Colombia.
Si, claro que Colombia es un pais ya "independizado", pero definitivamente no es libre, al igual que muchos paises (por no decir casi todos).
Pero no dire mas, y por ahora los invito a leer y sacar sus propias conclusiones...

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"...For me patriotism is the same as humanity. I am patriotic because I am human and humane. It is not exclusive."

"...If India makes violence her creed and I have survived I would not care to live in India. She will cease to evoke any pride in me..."
"...If I can have nothing to do with the organized violence of the Government I can have less to do with the unorganized violence of the people"
(y aqui tengo que decir que la violencia empieza por los pensamientos, sigue con las palabras y en ultimas se convierte en accion)

"Firstly, we must acquire greater mastery over ourselves and secure and atmosphere of perfect calm, peace and good will."
"Secondly, we must still further cleanse our hearts, and we Hindus and Moslems must cease to suspect one another's motives."
"Thirdly, we Hindus must call no one unclean or mean or inferior to ourselves."

"Parties may fall and parties may rise; if we are to attain freedom our deep convictions must remain unaffected by such passing changes."
"...We must not resort to social boycott of our opponents"
"The rule of majority, when it becomes coercive is as intolerable as that of a bureaucratic minority."

"Our motto must ever be conversion by gentle persuasion and a constant appeal to the head and heart."

"There is not yet in India that truthful and non-violent atmosphere which and which alone can justify mass disobedience, which can be described as civil which means gentle, truthful, humble, knowing, willful yet loving yet never criminal and hateful"

"Non-violent attainment of self-government presupposes a non-violent control over the violent elements in the country."

"Our capacity for Swaraj (Self-Rule) will be proved by our ability to conduct our activities in spite of the withdrawal even of the originator of the current program"

"It would be a thousand times better for us to be ruled by a military dictator than to have the dictatorship concealed under sham councils and assemblies. (...) There is no such thing as slow freedom. Freedom is like a birth. Till we are fully free we are slaves."

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Y ahora si lo digo...
que triste ver como un pais ha terminado por caer en la misma violencia que tanto quiere rechazar, y ha sido polarizado tanto que ni siquiera nos podemos unir por una causa tan simple y noble como lo es la libertad, la paz y la no-violencia, sin estar hablando mal unos de otros.
Lamentablemente Colombia y la mayoria de los Colombianos no estamos listos para pedir y exigir paz.
Y mucho menos si seguimos insistiendo en juzgar a un sector sin mirar y aceptar nuestros propios errores.


"Peace.
It does not mean to be in a place
where there is no noise, trouble,
or hard work. It means to be in
the midst of those things and still
be calm in your heart."

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