A case against materialism

A case against materialism

“The object of this massive tribute died as he had always lived – a private man without wealth, without property, without official title or office. Mahatma Gandhi was not a commander of great armies nor ruler of vast lands. He could boast no scientific achievements or artistic gift. Yet men, governments and dignitaries from all over the world have joined hands today to pay homage to this little brown man in the loincloth who led his country to freedom. Pope Pius, the Archbishop of Canterbury, President Truman, Chiang Kai-shek, The Foreign Minister of Russia, the President of France… are among the millions here and abroad who have lamented his passing. In the words of General George C. Marshall, the American Secretary of State, “Mahatma Gandhi had become the spokesman for the conscience of mankind, a man who made humility and simple truth more powerful than empires.” And Albert Einstein added, “Generations to come will scarce believe that such a one as this ever in flesh and blood walked upon this earth.” Edward R. Murrow: [at Gandhi’s funeral]

Wow

No man’s life can be encompassed in one telling. There is no way to give each year its
allotted weight, to include each event, each person who helped to shape a lifetime. What
can be done is to be faithful in spirit to the record, and to try to find one’s way to the
heart of the man . . .

 


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