Gandhi built this ashram in Amdavad and lived and planned much of his work there for nonviolent change in India. An Ashram is a place of monastic lifestyle for religious or community purposes.
I bought a book on sayings by Gandhi on our visit today. First, I am sharing his thoughts on democracy. Interesting take from 60 +years ago.
According to my husband, Thomas Jefferson feared the rule of the tyranny of the majority and thus the legislative branch or Congress in the United States has two branches of government. One, the Senate, has two senators from each state no matter the size or population of the states. The other chamber is the House of Representatives which is a true democracy where representatives are elected by the same number of voters from each district. Larger states would have more representatives, but all have the same number of senators. Laws do not happen without passing both houses of legislature.
Sic semper tyrannis is the Virginia State Motto which is Latin for Thus Always to Tyrants which has become a cry against all misuse of power.
It seems in my opinion that both Jefferson and Ghandi were able to see the seductive and corrupting nature of power. It seems a constant vigil is needed to counteract such misuse of leadership in our world today as it was in the past.
Sic semper tyrannis!
I would love to hear your thoughts.
Here is a precious post I did on Gandhi.