I am just reading, among other things, Ghandi's autobiography. He was a young student when he was in an an outrageously unfair situation and beaten for no other reason except that he was Indian. This was standard at the time under English rule.
Ghandi saw in that moment that it wiser to be non-reactive and just keep going forward with firm purpose. At the time, he had no idea of what would come forth from this observation. Ghandi's observation would later be called peaceful non-resistance, and, through this simplicity, the British Empire was vanquished by a simple little man who sought Truth.
It also amazes me now that this happened in my lifetime. I did not follow India's burst of freedom nor did it mean anything anywhere near to me at the time as to what it means to me now.