Norman has set the reader quite the conundrum. If the world were black and white and if we all shared in a mutual understanding of what we considered right and wrong, there would be no problem. Alas, the aforesaid is not the case and the real world is inhabited by humans with brains as individual as the personality. In our reality, whether the past or the present, uniformity of thought is not the human forte and we are a multi polar species, at best we muddle through adjusting our concepts and perceptions as we make our journey through life.
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I remember the story, more or less, of how Mahatma Gandhi, through nonviolent civil disobedience, led India into the promised land of democracy and independence. Indeed, so great was his accomplishment, that a statue of the great man stands in his honor on the grounds of Carleton University, not too far from where I live.
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No doubt, not only is this bronzed statue of the iconic figure here immortalized if only for what we are told the great man accomplished, but it also stands on that campus, as others like it in so many other places do, as a lesson to those students who would change the world, that violence isn’t the only or necessarily the best way. That is, unless, of course, if you are an entire nation trying to ply your way independently from the hegemonic West in foreign or domestic policy terms, say…
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