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  • Profile photo of Nikita Shinde Nikita Shinde @nsshinde27

    AN EYE FOR AN EYE ENDS UP MAKING THE WHOLE WORLD BLIND
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    MAHATMA GANDHI’s policy of NON-VIOLENCE was famously used during INDEPENDENCE campaign OF INDIA. There is a well-known quotation that helps to express the rationale for this non-retaliatory philosophy:
    An eye for an eye will leave everyone blind.
    The quote can be related deeply to the actions of the human beings. We are incapable of coping up and forgiving someone. The quote means that if the same punishment is given to those for committing wrong actions then no one will be left unpunished. Revenge is like a domino effect. Once started, it will end with utter chaos and destruction. The words ‘eye for an eye’ means punishing someone in the same way he or she did the wrong thing. The whole nation will be left blind then. The consequences will cost dearly.
    Survival is becoming harder every day in this world. No one is the same. We cannot expect friendly behavior from all of us. Cruel intentions rise due to greed and many other unhealthy reasons. On the other hand, many of us commit blunders that cost dearly. The bad decisions or actions can impart harm. Committing mistakes, intentionally or unintentionally, is a part of human nature. The only act that causes, even more, harm is revenge. The act of retaliation causes a rippling effect where people harm each other in course of action. No one wins at the end of the act. Hurting someone has become a common practice as human beings are losing the ability to forgive someone for his or her wrongdoings.
    In this nuclear active world, this quote suites well. Countries are building their nuclear base strong to strongest. But for what. Whom they fear? In the name of defense of their country they are putting life of others on stake. During WW-II, on December 7, 1941, hundreds of Japanese fighter planes attacked the American naval base at PEARL HARBOR near Honolulu, Hawaii. The barrage lasted just two hours, but it was devastating. To its revenge, on August 6, 1945, an American bomber dropped the world’s first deployed atomic bomb over the Japanese city of HIROSHIMA. The explosion wiped out 90 percent of the city and immediately killed 80,000 people; tens of thousands more would later die of radiation exposure. Three days later, a second dropped another bomb on NAGASAKI, killing an estimated 40,000 people. Japan’s EMPEROR HIROHITO announced his country’s unconditional surrender in World War II in a radio address on August 15, citing the devastating power of “A NEW AND MOST CRUEL BOMB.”
    This famous quote refers to an OLD TESTAMENT reference regarding the legal penalties for violence. Mahatma Gandhi rejected violence as a means to change, and only engaged in peaceful ways of protest. A version of this quote was in fact also used by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr during the struggle for CIVIL RIGHTS AND EQUALITY in the USA. Both men were proponents of the power of the people at their peaceful methods carried great weight and helped bring about social change.
    Although some wars may seem justified on the surface, they are often just as bad if not worse than other wars. For example, the AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY WAR was fought against the British on the principal that “ALL MEN ARE CREATED EQUAL, AND HAVE THE RIGHT TO LIFE, LIBERTY, AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS”. However, once this war was won and the Americans freed themselves from English rule, they did not abolish slavery until 1865 and didn’t give women the right to vote until 1920. So the American Revolution really only benefited male Caucasian land owners. Even though, Caucasians, African Americans and woman died in the war.
    All war does is set the backdrop for the next war, creating a vicious cycle. An example of this would be after World War I many Germans felt ashamed that they lost in World War I making it easier to for Hitler start World War II. World War II was supposed to be the war the ended all wars but that didn’t happen because there have been many wars to follow, such as the KOREAN WAR, VIETNAM WAR, IRAQ WAR, SYRIA WAR and many others.
    Mahatma Gandhi quoted ‘An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind’. The quote can be related deeply to the actions of the human beings. We are incapable of coping up and forgiving someone. The quote means that if the same punishment is given to those for committing wrong actions then no one will be left unpunished. Revenge is like a domino effect. Once started, it will end with utter chaos and destruction. The words ‘eye for an eye’ means punishing someone in the same way he or she did the wrong thing. The whole nation will be left blind then. The consequences will cost dearly.
    Our actions are Newtonian. ‘What goes around comes around’ is a universal truth. We should realize that our wrongs eventually bite us back. Violence can never end with violence. It will be always provoked and the chain of reactions will continue leaving the entire nation maimed. Gandhi intended to end the existence of violence in the world through his course of action. But we are imperfect and slave of emotions. Ending violence is impossible. Gandhi’s tenet was to stop violence by not reacting violently. Sometimes this doctrine never works. The government is forced to take violent action to eradicate another course of violence. There is no another way out. The ideal world exists in books. But we can make it better and simpler. Being compassionate and forgiving will bring the change. Education is very important. We have to be unbiased to see the critical situations through. A big change starts from a small good intention.

  • Profile photo of Kamlesh Rawat Kamlesh Rawat @kamlesh-rawat

    An eye for an eye ends up making the whole world blind. It is just opposite of the Mahatma Gandhi’s concept of Ahinsa (non-violence). The National Freedom Movement of India teaches the World that great things can be achieved without any use of violence and revenge. During decolonisation many countries adopted the eye for an eye approach towards their colonial masters, which resulted in civil war They may have got freedom by resorting to violence but it came with a huge cost. Cost of many lives which is far greater that any monetary costs. Gandhiji’s most famous Dandi march was a historical event and it showed the world the power and influence of Ahimsa.

    In the age of nuclear weapons of mass destruction eye for an eye approach can be disastorous and lead to global destruction. During much of the cold war (1945-1991) both USSR and US followed the approach of an eye for an eye. The whole world was divided and in the cuban missile crisis the war was just averted.

    A better approach is a flower for an eye. It is very necessary to understand the cause of sequence of events before resorting to such violent measures of seeking revenge. Most of the times it seems that everything is just a misunderstanding between two entities. Such differences in most cases can be resolved by peaceful talks, thereby changing the future course of events. There is no end to seeking of revenge till at least of the parties are finished entirely. It causes a domino effect in which many other parties join for the cause of one party. So slowly a fight between 2 entities can lead to a fight of a much bigger scale. It can be observed in many communal riots where just a small criminal activity by one person towards another takes form of riots between whole region/caste communities of those individuals.

    Terrorism is a manifestation of an eye for an eye approach. May be it is true that some communities/group of people suffered in the past but that’s history and it cannot be held against someone forever. It is always wise to move on and work together for a better future rather than clinging to the past and look for revenge. India has definitely moved on from it’s plunder and loot and has come a long way. Revenge is best served when the plate is cold. But what is revenge if not to make someone realise their mistake and it can effectively be done without any violent means. The peaceful ones tend to be the most effective, for silence is much better than the noise. Some examples are Hunger strikes, Use of black colored bands for displaying discontent, marchs etc.

    Instead of acting impulsively one should think of all the consequences to which it may lead.
    It is always good to remember history as a lesson but not as motive for revenge. In the world of globalisation, there are multiple ways to peacefully protest through the different modes of communication like internet, and voices of everyone are heard.

  • Profile photo of bala murali bala murali @balamurali1351993

    I feel difficulty in writing essay for topics like abstracts,quotes given by some personalities please give two essays instead of one with choice. Thank you

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