WHILST... I can make room in my mind
for various schools of thought, for me there is only one way, I have
no faith in communalism even as a stage; or perhaps better still, I
have no fitness for work on that stage.
It would be wrong always to think in
communal terms. I know that we may not shut our yes to hard facts.
But to attribute everything to the communal spirit is a sign of
inferiority complex. It may well perpetuate what is yet a temporary
distemper in the national life.
Communalism of the virulent type is a
recent growth. The lawlessness is a monster with many faces. It
hurts all, in the end, including those who are primarily responsible
One Human Family
The golden way is to be friends with
the world and to regard the whole human family like members of one
family. He who distinguished between oneís own family and anotherís
mis-educates the members of his own and opens the way for discord
(We have) the example of England,
Russia and other countries when every family had sent as many
able-bodied men and women as possible for the defence of their
country. This is how unity of heart is actually achieved in the
world, and I hope what we, in our country, will be able to rise
above small, selfish considerations and create that unity without
which life itself will not be worth living.
A man whose spirit of sacrifice does
not go beyond his own community becomes selfish himself and also
makes his community selfish. In my opinion, the logical conclusion
of self-sacrifice is that the individual sacrifices himself for the
community; the community sacrifices itself for the district, the
district for the province, the province for the nation and the
nation for the world. A drop torn from the ocean, it shares the
glory of carrying on its bosom a fleet of mighty slips.