"Men ... should do their actual living and working in communities ... small enough to permit of genuine self-government and the assumption of personal responsibilities, federated into larger units in such a way that the temptation to abuse great power should not arise. The larger (structurally) a democracy grows, the less becomes the rule of the people and the smaller is the say of individuals and localised groups in dealing with their own destinies. Moreover, love and affection, are essentially personal relationships. Consequently, it is only in small groups that Charity, in the Pauline sense of the word, can manifest itself. Needless to say, the smallness of the group, in no way guarantees the emergence of Charity. In a large undifferentiated group, the possibility does not even exist, for the simple reason that most of its members cannot, in the nature of things, have personal relations with one another."
Mahatma Mohandas K. Gandhi
(1869-1948) Leader of the Indian independence movement in British-ruled India
John Collier in 'From every Zenith'
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how does this have to do with the bible?
 -- Mystery     
    These are quotes about equality, they don't all have to directly link to the bible to be good quotes, Gandhi's beliefs coincide with those in the bible; this is just a quote explaining how to turn one of his ideas into actions
     -- you're silly 'Mystery'     
     -- Anonymous      
    Great argument for what our founders tried to do with our Constitution-limited government, starting locally where most of the power over our lives was supposed to reside.
     -- Boog, Wake Forest     
    Very true. The old adage of divide and conquer has been replaced with combine and rule with impunity.
     -- Martin Foster, Centurion     
     -- jim, Austin Tx      
    He needs to read John Locke.
     -- Gary M Halter, College Station, TC     
     -- E Archer, NYC      
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