Following in the Footsteps of Gandhi, Generation Y Steps Up

In a time where political tensions are high, inequitable wealth distribution polarizes populations, and environmental woes abound, the world is in need of great leaders.

A great leader users rhetoric to motivate the masses and gains momentum and support when leading by example. Gandhi himself said: ” You may never know what results come of your actions, but if you do nothing there will be no result.”

This was one of the great traits and successes of Mahatma Gandhi.  His commitment to helping the poor and freeing India from the grips of Britain by means of non-violent civil disobedience has been remembered throughout the 64 years following his assassination and has inspired the likes of great leaders of our time such as Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King Jr.

Where would we be without these leaders? Where will we be without leaders committed to non-violence that have the ability to mobilize the masses and catalyze change?

A read of world news tells you stories of struggle to solve fiscal, environmental, and humanitarian issues, usually stagnated by the inaction of those entrusted to lead.  Imagine Mahatma Gandhi as the leader of the Arab Spring, the leader of the Greek protests, the leader at the environmental talks in South Africa, or the leader of the Occupy movement. His well-intentioned, deeply passionate leadership acted upon in a constructive, non-violent manner is what we need to thrive in a world at crossroads. So where is our Mahatma Gandhi?

I believe his spirit lies in the youngest of the adult generations: Generation Y. The same generation that’s increasingly intolerant of dictatorship and the status quo. This generation is filled with budding entrepreneurs who want to create a newer, better world.  You can see it in the innovation around us, and in the deep desire to get back to basics: it’s no coincidence that things like voluntourism, environmental activism, urban gardening, organic farming, and philanthropic endeavors are skyrocketing in popularity. And as passionate as this generation is to create a kinder world, they are not afraid to stand up against injustice.

Maybe it’s just the optimist in me, but I think we’re well on our way to finding that our Mahatma Gandhi isn’t one person, but a generation of dreamers who see the promise of hope for a united, free and peaceful global society.


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