A rather random thought: how would Ghandi have used blogging (and Twitter, and all the other social media tools) had they been available in his day?
I’m a bit limited here because I don’t really know much about the man. Other than a few random sayings that I much admire, what I have read on Wikipedia and from the Richard Attenborough film.
Maybe others know more and can correct me. But it seems to me that Ghandi’s tools of non-cooperation, non-violence and peaceful resistance could work well in a world enabled by social media.
I suppose first off, Ghandi would have blogged. He was a teacher amongst other things, and I guess would have used blogging to share his teachings. Each post might have been written around a saying such as “live simply, so that others can simply live”: expounding the value of vegetarianism and a simple life.
He would have encouraged dialogue, rather than preaching, of course. It would have been as important to him to learn from the discussion as to teach. Comments on his posts would have been remarkable and many.
Twitter might have been a daily source of wisdom. Something to inspire us and move us to mindfulness: “Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it.”
One a day perhaps: “An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind”; “A man is but the product of his thoughts. What he thinks, he becomes”; and “Honest differences are often a healthy sign of progress.”
These would have been personal meditations. Not written to appear smart. But as least as much to help him learn.
And most importantly he’d have been on Facebook and LinkedIn. With Meetup.com working overtime. There would have been hundreds if not thousands of groups and communities – organising boycotts, strikes, marches and so on. Groups for people who committed publicly to non-violence and peaceful resistance.
The public demonstration, and thus solidarity, often being as important as the action itself.
Finally, in terms of style I feel sure he’d have used wry humour much of the time, to soften the blow of accurate words.
When asked what he thought of Western civilisation he reportedly said “I think it would be a good idea.”
Isn’t it great how the good ones last?