Gandhi was not a man prone to exaggeration. By 1931, when he made the above claim, he had been experimenting in the science of nonviolence for close to forty years. Each day, he tells us, his earnest search revealed new insights, new discoveries. And he was not conducting mere thought-experiments, as a philosopher. His discoveries were earned, we might say, while he engaged in a great struggle to overcome the world’s mightiest empire of his time without firing a shot. So when he says that nonviolence is “the greatest force at the disposal of humankind,” we should let that sink in. This is not just another inspiring thought, another cheery meme to be quickly read and as quickly forgotten. Greed is not our greatest force, violence is not our greatest force, rather, love is; nonviolence is. If anyone argues that with you, tell them the story of Antoinette Tuff!
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