Never was so Much Owed by so Many to One Person
On June 7th, 1893, a young lawyer was forcibly removed from the first class compartment and thrown off the train for the crime of not being white. As the young man sat shivering in the bitter cold brooding about his future, a great catharsis had been set in motion. It was the high noon of the empire on which the sun never set. It was the beginning of the end of empire.
Upon return to India, Gandhi eschewed politics for a period and instead travelled the length and breadth of the vast country in trains to gain a better understanding of India and its people. With his three principles of non-violence, the fight for truth, and self determination, he set out on his journey to be the change he wanted to see in the world.
His legacy went beyond ousting the invaders from the subcontinent. He inspired the next generation of civil rights leaders such as Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela, and Aung San Suu Kyi. Never before had oppression been challenged with non-violence. Never again would the tyranny of one group over another go unchallenged.
“For the first time in human history, the Buddha admonished, entreated and appealed to people not to hurt a living being, and it is not necessary to offer prayer, praise or sacrifice to gods.
With all the eloquence at his command the Buddha vehemently proclaimed that gods are also in dire need of salvation themselves.”
— Thomas William Rhys Davids
“The whole earth is the tomb of heroic men and their story is not given only on stone over their clay but abides everywhere without visible symbol woven into the stuff of other mens lives”
“It is a child of my own and bids fair to be one of the most important (colonies) and at the same time one of the least expensive and troublesome which we possess. Our object is not territory but trade: a great commercial emporium”
— Sir Stamford Raffles
“Star Trek speaks to some basic human needs: that there is a tomorrow — it’s not all going to be over with a big flash and a bomb; that the human race is improving; that we have things to be proud of as humans.”
— Gene Roddenberry
“Traveling—it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller”
— Ibn Battuta