Gandhi and Obama
We were visiting the residence of Gandhi in Mumbai…. It had been turned into a museum. It is amazing the power that the life of one person can have.
I had been puzzling over the role of religion or a better word might be spirituality in a person’s life. It has seemed to me that people who pursued the spiritual side of their being had a more complete persona. I am not sure how to describe it and I would not the reader to read “religion”; but perhaps the understanding that there is a higher power is the key.
There are basic aspects to a person; they all compliment each other. I think they are 1. Love 2. Compassion 3. Physical being as in fitness 4. Health 5. Intellect and 6. Spirituality or the acceptance of a higher power.
Gandhi said he was a Hindu, a Moslem, a Christian, a Gin, a Zoroastrian; he never said he was an Atheist. He recognized in importance of the acceptance of a higher power in the complete construction of the human being.
Obama is a Gandhi to the people here…. Or better put has the potential, read hope, of being a change agent like Gandhi. The view we get of the election of Obama is quite interesting. There are those that hope he can straighten out the economic mess as everything here in India is about economics. In Dubai, I think the hope is more political. The are looking for someone to change the Mid East Policies of Bush
However, as you read the press, there is a subtlety underlying all the words about our new president. I think the world really sees the United States as the place where dreams come true. The old Horatio Alger story. They also see the US as the place where all humans are equal, a place where the people want to help the rest of the world and not just dominate it. Our wars to these people were the great world wars where the US saved the world from evil empires. The Bush years belied all that. The hope is that Obama will bring back the “city on the hill”.
I think Gandhi would share those sentiments. I hope the power of one person can change many things. He is going to need some help though.