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Power of GentlenessMeditations on the Risk of Living$
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Anne Dufourmantelle

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780823279586

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823279586.001.0001

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The Symbolic Force of Gentleness

The Symbolic Force of Gentleness

(p.43) The Symbolic Force of Gentleness
Power of Gentleness

Anne Dufourmantelle

, Katherine Payne, Vincent Sallé
Fordham University Press

The symbolic force of gentleness is a power. Gandhi represents this in his nonviolent warfare and spirituality. Gandhi received ideological inspiration from Tolstoy, Ruskin, and Thoreau. These thinkers opposed the force of arms with the force of spirit. Gandhi risked his life without ever risking the life of his opponent by trusting symbolic force.

Keywords:   authority, force, gentleness, nonviolent resistance, power, Ruskin, spirituality, symbol, Thoreau, Tolstoy, war

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