On the Fearlessness of Truth: Tagore to Gandhi

Monday, November 18, 2013 - 5:37am
On the Fearlessness of Truth: Tagore to Gandhi

In a 1919 letter to Gandhi, the Nobel laureate offers these words of advice on planting the seeds of intolerance.

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Trent Gilliss (@TrentGilliss),  Executive Editor / Chief Content Officer for On Being
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"This power of good must prove its truth and strength by its fearlessness, by its refusal to accept any imposition which depends for its success upon its power to produce frightfulness and is not ashamed to use its machines of destruction to terrorize a population completely disarmed. We must know that moral conquest does not consist in success, that failure does not deprive it of its dignity and worth. Those who believe in spiritual life know that to stand against wrong which has overwhelming material power behind it is victory itself, it is the victory of the active faith in the ideal in the teeth of evident defeat."

Rabindranath Tagore, in a letter (April 19, 1919) to Mahatma Gandhi

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How does this quotation speak about intolerance? Perhaps I do not understand the context?

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