Gandhi was the peacemaker. He was the true Father of modern-day India and revered as the inspiration for the methods employed by Martin Luther King in the sixties Civil Rights Movement. He embodied the era of the modern peace movement and was an inspirational and beloved figure worldwide. His thoughtful meditations on the nature and actual process of bringing about change in a peaceful manner are still the gold standard for all peace activists.
Gandhi’s statement proves true today. First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you. Then you win. I think the greatest lesson here is the lesson of Persistence. And the dogged determination encapsulated within the warning of a political fight. You must have a thick enough skin to weather the storm in any profession if you want to succeed.
You may fail, you will not always win every fight, and you should be prepared for tough and at times, unjust criticism. But if you have a belief in yourself and what you are doing, if you feel that it’s the right message that could change lives, as Gandhi did, none of that matters. You will succeed in the end, because in the end, you know you have the right message. As Dr. King said, “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice”.