Man’s nature is not essentially evil. Brute nature has been known to yield to the influence of love. You must never despair of human nature.
Nonviolence is not a garment to be put on and off at will. Its seat is in the heart, and it must be an inseparable part of our being.
It is the law of love that rules mankind. Had violence, i.e. hate, ruled us we should have become extinct long ago. And yet, the tragedy of it is that the so-called civilized men and nations conduct themselves as if the basis of society was violence.
– Mahatma Gandhi
NOTE: Gandhi was once asked what he thought about western civilization. His response was: “I think it would be a good idea.”