Gandhi, Zedong, and Mandela

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Regardless of the differing perspectives from Gandhi, Zedong, and Mandela, each share a connectedness. The struggle of freedom is an apparent theme running throughout history. The development of Gandhi?s pacifist methods, Mandela?s use of non-violence, and Zedong usage of military force has all furthered their causes successfully. Nonviolence is not a term that can be easily defined. To some people it suggests a cowardly way of life, an inability to confront the oppressor; to some it is an idealistic dream that is impractical and foolish; and to some it is the highest form of heroism and the most intense form of moral courage. To others military might and bravery is seen as heroic. In this essay the roles each man played, whether non-violent or not, will be discussed.

A lot of people sense they can change the world and better it for future generations while trying all sorts of ways to change and improved life, many, however, do not accomplish their goals.

One person who did manage to accomplish his goals was Gandhi. Gandhi took many actions to affect those who were doing wrong. But did Gandhi accomplish his goals when he wanted to? Did Gandhi accomplish his goals at all? Gandhi accomplished his goals, but not all during his lifetime.

He was born Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi in 1869. Gandhi went to school in England to become a lawyer. He trained in formal law. His education in law made him a diligent thinker. He then tried to establish a law practice in Bombay but with little success. Two years later he joined an Indian firm. The firm kept him as a legal advisor in Durban. Gandhi, while arriving in Durban, found himself to be treated as though he was part of an inferior race. He was shocked at the widespread...