JustificationThe activist organisation that will be reviewed in the essay is”Save Beeliar Wetlands”. This article supports the essay by cultivating Gandhi’snon-violent philosophy in seeking social justice.
“Save Beeliar Wetlands” activism adopts a nonviolent approach gatherwidespread community support. SummaryGandhi’sphilosophy for non-violence based on its nine essential components is animportant aspect of activism. Nojeim(2007) defines the three Rs: resistance, reforms and redemption. Resistance is whatshould be resisted to stay true to one’s conscience. Reform of the person occursif requested by others. Redemption is overcoming one’s hostilities by turningthese negative forces into peaceful and nonaggressive forms.Secondly,three Ss are self-suffering, simplicity and service.
Self-suffering is toendure one’s hardships respectfully. Simplicity is a humble life free from complexities.Service is committing to the task of others.Finally,three Ts are trusteeship, tolerance and truth.
Trusteeship requires the wealthyto keep their wealth for the needy. Tolerance is understanding people’sdifferences and beliefs. “Truth is God” (Nojeim 2007, 567) is a central aspectof Gandhi’s philosophy. Inconclusion, Gandhi’s practices and beliefs can be adapted to the contemporarynon-violent activism to bring about an identifiable social change. Hisphilosophy allow today’s activists to practise the philosophy in their everydaylives. Critical Analysis Nojeim assertsthat humanity should use non-violent means when resolving disputes andinequalities.
The title uses ‘blueprint’ which implies a guide to follow.However, Gandhi’s idea is not set in concrete. It is argued that the’blueprint’ is not a comprehensive guide. For example, Nojeim (2007, 546) states’His behaviour was often inconsistent as he relied on trial and error’. Doesthis mean that Gandhi’s philosophy is an evolving ideology? Furthermore, noteveryone would accept the nine essential components especially the rich wouldquestion his “trusteeship” concept of wealth.
ReferenceNojeim, M.2007. “A Gandhian Blueprint for Non-Violent Change.” Peace and Change 32 (4):548-552 DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-0130.2007.00463.x.