JustificationThe activist organisation that willbe reviewed in the essay is “SaveBeeliar 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’s philosophy for non-violence based on its nineessential components is an important aspect of activism. Nojeim (2007) defines the three Rs: resistance, reforms andredemption. Resistance is what should be resisted to stay true to one’sconscience. Reform of the person occurs if requested by others.
Redemption is overcomingone’s hostilities by turning these negative forces into peaceful andnonaggressive forms.Secondly, three Ss are self-suffering, simplicity andservice. Self-suffering is to endure one’s hardships respectfully. Simplicity isa humble life free from complexities. Service is committing to the task ofothers.Finally, three Ts are trusteeship, tolerance and truth.Trusteeship requires the wealthy to keep their wealth for the needy.
Tolerance isunderstanding people’s differences and beliefs. “Truth is God” (Nojeim 2007, 567)is a central aspect of Gandhi’s philosophy. In conclusion, Gandhi’s practices and beliefs can be adaptedto the contemporary non-violent activism to bring about an identifiable socialchange. His philosophy allow today’s activists to practise the philosophy intheir everyday lives. CriticalAnalysis Nojeim asserts that humanity should use non-violent meanswhen resolving disputes and inequalities.
The title uses ‘blueprint’ which impliesa guide to follow. However, Gandhi’s idea is not set in concrete. It is arguedthat the ‘blueprint’ is not a comprehensive guide. For example, Nojeim (2007,546) states ‘His behaviour was often inconsistent as he relied on trial anderror’.
Does this mean that Gandhi’s philosophy is an evolving ideology?Furthermore, not everyone would accept the nine essential components especiallythe rich would question his “trusteeship” concept of wealth.