Religion: Courage Without Anger

The young Indian held a first-class ticket, but the guard ordered him to sit on the floor. When the Indian politely refused, the guard began to beat him furiously. The Indian showed no anger, made no attempt to defend himself, but he stuck to his seat.

This incident on a South African coach in 1893 foreshadowed a movement that has since made history. The young Indian was Mohandas Gandhi, and the nonviolent resistance he was practicing later became a mighty weapon for a weaponless people. To Gandhi himself, nonviolence was much more than a...

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