Remembering Gandhi in a Critical Age -- Sightings (Russell Johnson)
Like many great men and women in history, there is both fact and myth surrounding their lives. My son is working on a thesis dealing with hagiography, so I've had some conversations of late about that reality. When it comes to Mohandas Gandhi, his life and message is shrouded in hagiographic terms. Nevertheless, while not everything we've been told is true and while he was, like all of us, a flawed human being, he has something valuable to share with us. In this Sightings essay Russell Johnson, a Fellow at the University of Chicago Divinity School, offers us a look at what Gandhi offers an age that is deeply embedded by a critical worldview. Gandhi could be critical, but he also offered a constructive vision, at the heart of that vision is the belief that love is stronger than hate. It's a message worth considering, is it not? With that in mind, as this is the 150th anniversary of Gandhi's birth, I invite you to read and consider his legacy and message for today.