Monday, January 19, 2009

Mohandas Gandhi : Ian Ruhter Thought Experiment 3 of 4

"Carefully watch your thoughts, for they become your words. Manage and watch your words, for they will become your actions. Consider and monitor your actions, for they have become your habits. Acknowledge and watch your habits, for they shall become your values. Understand and embrace your values, for they become your destiny. " 
- Mohandas Gandhi

One of the ways that this quote translates back to photography, is that if you can create an image, and it inspires or alters someone's thought process, their destiny can be changed. If this is possible for one person, then theoretically if the image were to be so strong and widely distributed you could change the worlds destiny. 

One of the reasons I look up to Gandhi is because he saved millions of people and never once suggested or used violence to accomplish this. In our time and in our country, we were the victims of a violent attack. What we did was respond back with violence. I wonder if we should start looking into other ways of dealing with hate and ignorance. In the war going on now, our children are losing their lives. Our young Americans are coming back without limbs, or without their full range of motion. Some will never move their legs or arms again. They come home, but their lives have been altered forever. The next project I'll be covering on my blog is a very inspiring story that I've been working on for the last three years about action sports athletes who have had their lives changed by the loss of limbs and paralyzation. 

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