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(IUF 1000) What Is The Good Life? Who Am I Essay

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Fighting for the Good Life

  • UniversityUniversity of Florida
  • CourseWhat is the Good Life? (IUF 1000)

Section 074C
Chesney Mcomber
21 March 2016
Fighting for the Good Life
Two well known figures in history risked their lives fighting for what they believed in.
Non-violence was a central belief for both Ghandi and Martin Luther King Jr.’s philosophies as
seen in George Orwell’s “Reflections on Ghandi” and King’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail”.
They chose to make a difference in society, instead of making their own lives better. Both state
the importance of fighting for justice and peace without violence; however, King had a more reasonable
and achievable approach for the purpose of fighting for the good life because of the fact
that he had the four basic steps of nonviolent campaign, while Ghandi had strict lifestyle rules
which he lived by which were extreme.
A fight for justice and peace should be done without hurting anyone according to Ghandi
and Martin Luther King Jr. In his essay, “Refections on Ghandi”, a review of Ghandi’s partial
autobiography, Orwell writes, “in every crisis [Ghandi] would exert himself to prevent violence”
and that “he was opposed to centralism and State violence” (Orwell 1, 3). Ghandi’s philosophy
was summed up in his “main political objective, [which was] the peaceful ending of British rule”
(Orwell 7).

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