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In reference to his narrative, discuss the meaning of Gandhi's quote of “A man is but the product of his thoughts. What he thinks, he becomes.”

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Gandhi's stress on transforming the spiritual configuration of human beings as being critical for any social or political change is evident in his quotation about how one's thoughts underscore one's actions.  For Gandhi, I don't think he would see a fundamental difference between "public" and "private."  Such distinction, he would argue, help to cloud the issue of how human beings can transcend what they are into what they can, and moreover, should be.  It is in this where Gandhi's teachings and political actions are seen in an ethical or moral context, as opposed to a strictly political one.  The basic belief in the quote is that human thoughts determine human actions.  If a person embraces violence in a political sense, there...

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