Humanitarianism is kindness, benevolence/helpfulness, and sympathy toward others. Humanitarians can inspire others for many reasons. Perhaps they shed light on something that needs or deserves more attention. Perhaps they inspire you to do something in your life that is beneficial to others or even that is helpful or productive in your own life. Whatever the outcome, humanitarians can be inspiring. There are humanitarians that are ranked highly historically.
Mahatma Gandhi was an activist, leader, politician, author, lawyer, and humanitarian. He was born Mohandas Karamchand in 1869 in Porbandar, Kathiawar Agency, British Indian Empire, which is now Gujarat, India. He led the Indian Independence Movement in what was British-ruled India. He inspired civil rights and independence movements across the world. He is known for pacifism and nonviolence.
Gandhi was born into privileged class. He was brought up with and later had multiple religious influence. In 1883, at just 13 years old, he had his arranged marriage to a twelve year old girl. He attended University of Bombay and had his first of four sons. He then furthered his education at University College London. He gained admission to the English Bar. He found work as a lawyer difficult to find when back in India, so in 1893 he took an opportunity to work for an Indian law firm in South Africa. He ended up living in South Africa for 21 years. Faced with racial segregation he founded the Natal Indian Congress and his philosophy of non-violent civil protest. He opposed registration of Indians to authorities.
He returned to India in 1916 and continued to promote non-violent civil disobedience. He led multiple peaceful protests for multiple causes. By 1921, he led the Indian National Congress. He desired complete political independence from Britain. His encouragement of civil disobedience led to his arrest in 1922. He served just two years of his sentence due to health issues and his fame. He was imprisoned again in 1942 until 1944.
India celebrated its Independence Day in 1947. In 1948, Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated. The world was devastated by the death of this five time nominated man for the Nobel Peace Prize. He did receive many awards and honors. Multiple world leaders have claimed Gandhi as inspiration. His birthday, October 2nd, is celebrated as a National Holiday in India.
As an author, Gandhi wrote daily. From letters and essays to his autobiographies, his work has been published multiple times. He continues to influence others, from John Lennon to Martin Luther King Jr. to Al Gore and other notable politicians. Be inspired! Have a bright day!