excerpt:"In a world of clashing and conflicting definitions, it matters tremendously when we declare ourselves willing to be judged as partisans for a particular cause. No one possesses the whole truth or can predict where his actions will lead, but to do nothing is to add one more problem to the troublesome equation. In this regard, being a force of history requires both humility and courage.
Mohandas Gandhi was one of the twentieth century's most powerful forces of history. He accepted his time and place, religiously practiced self-reflection in his Hindu tradition, and had the courage to confront the greatest empire on earth with the power of nonviolence. The movement he shaped brought independence to India.
Gandhi extracted moral truth from the vast complexities of India's history and presented it as an imperative for nonviolent action by individuals. "Be the change you seek," he taught, and a nation and the world listened.