Today is the 143rd anniversary of Gandhi’s birth. His experiments in nonviolence addressed a wide range of issues, including poverty and women’s rights, racism and religious hostility, an end to untouchability and development of the economic self-reliance of India’s small communities, which would lead eventually to freedom from British rule. Often imprisoned for his principled stands and his successful leadership, deprecated and scorned by the politically powerful in England, he never abandoned his adherence to nonviolence and truth. He believed firmly that means determine ends: that destructive means (violence) can never bring about constructive ends.
With 20,530 nuclear warheads on our small planet, the life of Mohandas Gandhi and his commitment to nonviolent means to address injustice, give us inspiration.
Were he among us today, how would Gandhi respond to nuclear weapons and the risks of human and environmental disaster if they were ever activated, on purpose or by accident? What methods, besides violence, can be used to ensure our national security?
We invite you to explore with us this question.
We will be showing excerpts of the 1982 film “Gandhi”
at 7 p.m. Oct. 12 at
Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action,
16159 Clear Creek Road NW, Poulsbo.
A thoughtful discussion will follow each segment.
For further information, call 360-930-8697 or go to www.gzcenter.org