An Exemplar of Gramsci’s “Optimism of the Will”

My optimism rests on my belief in the infinite possibilities of the individual to develop non-violence.  The more you develop it in your own being, the more infectious it becomes till it overwhelms your surroundings and by and by might oversweep the world.

–Mohandas K. Gandhi

Thomas Merton, ed. Gandhi on Nonviolence: Selections from Gandhi’s Non-Violence in Peace and War


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