University of Chicago
Type of paper: Thesis/Dissertation Chapter
Andreas Mazarakis –Chapel Hill Academy–English 10 Daphne Smith 5/15/13 “An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.” This is one of Mahatma Gandhi’s most famous quotes and I think it embodies all he believed in and his mission that he spent his adult life trying to fulfill. Gandhi stood for the freedom that his people desperately needed. Mahatma Gandhi worked tirelessly to end discrimination in South Africa, and to separate India from the grasps of Great Britain. Gandhi was an idol to many people and led a great following down a path of love and respect. He treated people with kindness in the hopes that others would do what was right. I think that Mahatma Gandhi was a very wise person. “An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind” is a quote that empowers thoughts of non-violence and toleration. A world without men and women like Gandhi would be a world that had violence and wars to solve every problem.
There are ways to put a solution to work that Gandhi used with all of his conflicts. “An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.” I think that in today’s world this quote relates very closely to the ever present threat of nuclear warfare. The world has enough nuclear weapons to demolish the entire planet 6 times over. Gandhi’s quote suggests that if you take an eye for every eye you’ve lost, the entire world will be left, eyeless. If North Korea, was to nuke America, and America retaliated to iran and so on. The world would destroy itself. Gandhi was wise before his time and the world needs to rest in an era of peace. That starts with each Individual helping to make the world a better place.