Sunday, May 13, 2007

Message of Peace

Sometimes we get off the course of the visual arts to explore the art of living. This is a chance for me to share with you an incidental event in my weekend that brought up a reminder of an extraordinary leader, Mahatma Gandhi.

To tell you the truth if the Netflix movie had hit the door, we may have very well watched something else, after a long day of yard work. Instead we ended up watching the 1983 movie Gandhi, an extraordinary film not so much because of the beautiful scenes and the well-written screenplay, but because it was about the life of Mahatma Gandhi. I'd seen the Academy Award-winning film before, and knew that Ben Kingsley, a relative unknown at the time had done an extraordinary job of portraying Gandhi.

There were 350 million Indian people and 100,000 British in India in 1918 when Gandhi ,who was already well into his civil rights crusade after suffering indignities in South Africa, began his work to free India of the oppression of Colonization by Britain. The life and principles of this incredible man have been inspiration for many others including Dr. Martin Luther King.

Among the many quotations Gandhi left us was this one I thought applied masterfully to art:

"As long as you derive inner help and comfort from anything, keep it."
Mahatma Gandhi

I encourage you to take a moment to reflect on conflict resolution with the absence of violence. If you are interested in reading more about this legendary man click here.

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