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A July Fourth Message from Gandhi and Catalyst House

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Mahatma Gandhi once observed that, “moral authority is never retained by an attempt to hold onto it.” A decline in moral authority and increasing disenchantment is witnessed daily whether with our government or our economy. Once lost it becomes difficult to regain. July 4th, and in light of the recent Orwellian U.S. Government citizen spying revelations, it seems timely to examine examples from our nation’s and Gandhi’s history.

gandhi 4th july 1934On July 4th 1934 the Sydney Herald reported that Gandhi’s campaign for the emancipation of the untouchable classes, had fomented attacks and assassination attempts on him, and had revealed evidence of powerful growing hostility on the part of Hindus, who particularly resented Gandhi’s attempt to secure for the untouchables the right to enter Hindu temples, draw water from wells and wash in pools, all of which had previously been exclusively reserved for the use of orthodox Hindus.*

……..*See Let’s Kill Gandhi by Tushar Gandhi

On July 4th, 1776 the colonies which would later become the United States of America issued a Declaration of Independence from the mother country England.  For this small group of independent entities with no means of power to challenge the greatest power on earth it was quite an undertaking as their great strength was derived not through power but moral authority.  

It is often overlooked that within England the colonies enjoyed widespread support as the result of their moral authority. 

The real meaning of July 4th is not fireworks, picnics and barbecues – Its America’s Declaration of Independence – the instigating document of our democracy – it gives us the true meaning of a patriot, one who supports our nation’s ideals, while not necessarily its government.

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