Friday, September 4, 2009

Humanitarians/Activists - Round 5 (The Finals)

This match speaks for itself. The two greatest activists for peace. The people's champions. Martin Luther King vs Gandhi. It gets no better. Who's gonna move on to The Extravaganza?


  1. After careful consideration, I deem this to be a less close than it appears to be match. At face value there is a total "wow" reaction, but with a little consideration and a basic understanding of history I think the answer becomes clear. MLK, Jr. was a follower of the principles of Gandhi, as were many others.

    An exerpt:

    Time magazine named Gandhi the Man of the Year in 1930. Gandhi was also the runner-up to Albert Einstein as "Person of the Century" at the end of 1999. Time Magazine named The Dalai Lama, Lech Wałęsa, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Cesar Chavez, Aung San Suu Kyi, Benigno Aquino, Jr., Desmond Tutu, and Nelson Mandela as Children of Gandhi and his spiritual heirs to non-violence.

    He did it first, and he did it on a much larger scale than anyone else. He did it in South Africa, and in India, and he was unwavering in his resolve. Many have followed him, and Marting Luther King, Jr. was amazing in all that he did and his unwavering commitment, but I truly believe Gandhi paved the way for all peaceful activism. Also, he managed to combine the Civil Rights movement, the Revolutionary War, philosophical anarchy, and a little Tolstoy before getting shot a few months after his 78th birthday.

    Gandhi changed the world.

  2. By no means was this a no-brainer, but I think the win margin was very acceptable. I couln't have coped with an all out 2-21 score because of the amazing "close to home" impact MLK, Jr has made, but I am very pleased with the result.