“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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