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BK Blog Post
Posted by Michael Nagler.
Michael is founder and president of the Metta Center for Nonviolence and the author of Our Spiritual Crisis and The Search for a Nonviolent Future, which received a 2002 American Book Award and has been translated into several languages.
“I make bold to say that the Europeans themselves will have to remodel their outlook if they are not to perish under the weight of the comforts to which they are becoming slaves.” ~ Gandhi, Young India, October 7, 1931
As we’ve seen elsewhere, Gandhi became aware already during his trial by fire in South Africa that what he was engaged in, and had to be, was nothing less than a clash of civilizations; namely the remaining core of India’s spiritual culture pitted against, or as a restorative to the materialist civilization of the West. I take his phrase “remodel their outlook” to mean what we mean today by changing the paradigm or controlling narrative, namely to a consciousness-based, human-centered model of reality.
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Stephanie Van Hook, the Metta Center’s executive director, launched Daily Metta in 2015 as a way to share Gandhi’s spiritual wisdom and experiments with nonviolence.
Our 2016 Daily Metta continues with Gandhi on weekdays. On weekends, we share videos that complement Michael Nagler’s award-winning book, The Search for a Nonviolent Future: A Promise of Peace for Ourselves, Our Families, and Our World. To help readers engage with the book more deeply, the Metta Center offers a free PDF study guide.