Mahatma Gandhi's grandson condemns killing of Meadowbrook High student

BY HORACE HINES
Observer staff reporter
hinesh@jamaicaobserver.com

Monday, August 14, 2017

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MONTEGO BAY, St James Arun Gandhi, grandson of the legendary Mahatma Gandhi, has joined the nation in condemning the brutal gun slaying of 17-year-old Meadowbrook High School student Mickolle Moulton at her Arnett Gardens, St Andrew, home recently.

Moulton's younger sister was also shot in the attack, and was hospitalised.

“I heard, coming here, there was a young woman in Kingston who was shot senselessly by some young people and the lives of all those people will change drastically, and they achieve nothing from it,” Gandhi said.

He lamented that all over the globe a number of youths are now becoming engaged in gun violence.

“This is happening more and more everywhere in the world. More and more young people, out of frustration, are using guns and killing each other and destroying their lives and destroying the lives of all the people around them, and nobody benefits from it — nobody achieves anything from it,” Gandhi declared.

He added: “So we have to do something about that and make our own lives meaningful. We are the masters of our lives. We should not let somebody else provoke us and make us do something silly that we are going to regret afterwards.”

He related a story of an experiment conducted by scientists who caught a frog and put it in a pot with room temperature water, and started a slow fire under the pot.

“And the heat of the water started rising, but the frog did not experience it, it just continued to live in the water, until the water started boiling and the frog died,” he narrated.

“And then the second part of the experiment was that they had a pot of boiling water and they caught a frog and threw it into that water and immediately the frog leapt out of it,” he continued.

Gandhi concluded that the lesson from the story is that “we are like that first frog”.

“There is this violence growing in the society and we ignore it and eventually, like that first frog, we are going to be boiled and killed and destroyed. But if we realise what is happening and leap out of it, like the second frog did, then we would save ourselves and save our world, and save humanity from destruction,” Gandhi remarked.

He was speaking at a Peace Dialogue put on by the Universal Foundation for Better Living, in partnership with Hanover Charities in the town hall of the Montego Bay Cultural Centre in St James, on Saturday.

In making the case for how important it is for people to control their temper, Gandhi noted that while working in the prison system in New York, he met prisoners who articulated their regret about losing their temper.

“I do some work in the prison systems in New York state. And all the prisoners, many young people there in prison, all of them have said if they could only go back and undo what they have done, they would love to do that. But we all know that once we have done something there is nothing we can do to change it. So it's important that we learn not to do silly things. Instead of doing the silly things and regret it later on,” Gandhi told the gathering.

He recounted that his iconic grandfather, who has been credited with overseeing India's independence from Britain, taught him the valuable lesson of using the energy of anger productively.

“He (grandfather) said anger is a wonderful thing. It's just as useful as electricity, but only if we use it intelligently. But it can be very destructive if we abuse it. But, as we channel electricity and bring it into our lives and use it for the good of humanity, we must learn to use anger in the same way; channel it intelligently and bring it into our lives and use it for the good of humanity,“ he said.

Hanover Charities, which has been serving the needy for 60 years, handed out $54 million to the parish at the annual grant ceremony held at Round Hill Hotel & Villas on June 22.

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