It has been suggested by American friends that the atom bomb will bring in Ahimsa as nothing else can. It will, if it is meant that its destructive power will so disgust the world that it will turn it away from violence for the time being. This is very like a man glutting himself with dainties to the point of nausea and turning away from them only to return with redoubled zeal after the effect of nausea is well over. Precisely in the same manner will the world return to violence with renewed zeal after the effect of disgust is worn out.
Often does good come out of evil. But that is God's, not man's plan.
Man knows that only evil can come out of evil, as good out of good.
That atomic energy though harnessed by American scientists and army
men for destructive purposes may be utilized by other scientists for
humanitarian purposes is undoubtedly within the realm of
possibility. But that is not what was meant by my American friends.
They were not so simple as to put a question which connoted an
obvious truth. An incendiary uses fire for his destructive and
nefarious purposes, a housewife makes daily use of it in preparing
nourishing food for mankind.
So far as I can see, the atomic bomb has deadened the finest feeling
that has sustained mankind for ages. There used to be the so-called
laws of war which made it tolerable. Now we know the naked truth.
War knows no law except that of might. The atom bomb brought an
empty victory to the allied arms but it resulted for the time being
in destroying the soul of Japan. What has happened to the soul of
the destroying nation is yet too early to see. Forces of nature act
in a mysterious manner. We can but solve the mystery by deducing the
unknown result from the known results of similar event. A
slave-holder cannot hold a slave without putting himself or his
deputy in the cage holding the slave. Let no one run away with the
idea that I wish to put in a defence of Japanese misdeeds in
pursuance of Japan's unworthy ambition. The difference was only one
of degree. I assume that Japan's greed was more unworthy. But the
greater unworthiness conferred no right on the less unworthy of
destroying without mercy men, women and children of Japan in a
The moral to be legitimately drawn from the supreme tragedy of the
bomb is that it will not be destroyed by counter-bombs even as
violence cannot be by counter-violence. Mankind has to get out of
violence only through non-violence. Hatred can be overcome only by
love. Counter-hatred only increases the surface as well as the depth
of hatred. I am aware that I am repeating what I have many times
stated before and practised to the best of my ability and capacity.
What I first stated was itself nothing new. It was as old as the
hills. Only I recited no copy-book maxim but definitely announced
what I believed in every fibre of my being. Sixty years of practice
in various walks of life has only enriched the belief which
experience of friends has fortified. It is however the central truth
by which one can stand alone without flinching. I believe in what
Max Muller said years ago, namely that truth needed to be repeated
as long as there were men who disbelieved it.