Mahatma Gandhi once said, ‘Show the other cheek to the opponent if he slaps you once. That will make him realize his mistake.’
The statement is not exactly in the words that Mahatma might have used but almost everybody in the world is familiar with the intent. Mahatma led India to independence without a single bout of violence. By the same principle, he advocated peace with the opponents or enemies in everyday life. Of course, nobody has the guts to stand up or enact his principles in reality. I don’t want to hurt my cheek. So I do not want to give others a chance to increase their opposition against me. I don’t want to be meek and keep quiet. I want to pay in the same coin. Why should I keep quiet and let others do what they want to do? These are some of the thoughts we come across when facing a tough situation with others.
As long as the overdose of goodness leads to a good result, the world appreciates it. Martin Luther King followed the principles of Mahatma Gandhi to get rid of racial discrimination.
Bill Gates indicated, ‘When our company is not in the wrong, why should we keep quiet?’ when faced with a line of suits against the pre-packaging and packaging of compulsory software with Microsoft products. The company justified that the packaging was necessary for the customers to be comfortable with their PCs or laptops, and they need not run to search for buying the packaged software from other vendors in the market.
The above two examples are extremes in the world of 6 billion people. Can we once say that one is better than the other? The comparison is itself beyond our apprehension. But both the approaches are successful in dealing with the problem of life. One is concerned with the life of individuals and the other is concerned with the life of business.