Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Why is it important sometimes for people to break the law?
An analysis by: Wadner Pierre
Born on 12 July 1817, Henry David Thoreau a famous American author wrote this sentence, “Sometimes it is important for honest men to break the law, particularly when it is against freedom.” Moreover, the young Indian lawyer Mohandas Gandhi conceived a philosophy that is closely linked to Thoreau’s idea. This is called “Nonviolence.” Three things can be considered to fight against bad laws nonviolent Philosophy, civil disobedience and love.
Nonviolent philosophy is the first step to win the opponents without using violence as they use it, so the reason is because violence begets violence, hate begets hate and love begets love. This philosophy is physically passive, but strongly active spiritually. The nonviolence movement means “ Holding on truth or devotion to the truth, ”Truth’s disciples you cannot use violence against your opponents because you are God’ sons or God’s daughters, and the name of your God is love. This part is called ” Nonviolent Movement.”
Another step, civil disobedience, allows your opponents to see how important you are for him. For example, the salt march led by Gandhi in India shocked the British colonizers because the salt represented at that time an economic source for them, and the march allowed people to know that they could provide salt by themselves. So economically they won and the opponents had no choice but to negotiate and to give people what they asked for. This part is called “ Boycott Movement.”
Finally, love is the biggest and the most difficult part because how can you ask people to love those who hate them? Well, normally you should say it is impossible. However, it is possible for those who aspire to be free without meeting hate with hate, but rather meeting hate with love. Martin Luther King said, “ The best way to assure one-self that love is disinterested is to love the enemy-neighbor from whom you can expect no good in return, but only hostility and persecution. The struggle for freedom is a struggle between white people and black people, rather than between the force of light and the force of darkness, and if we will have a victory, it will be not a black victory, but a victory for justice and the forces of light.” This part is named ”Meet Hate with Love.”
Thus, I am convinced by Thoreau’s idea that “it is important sometimes for the honest men to break the law, when it is against freedom”, and human rights I would add if I were him.