No Right Answer

Mahatma Gandhi was well known for his philosophy of non-violence (ahimsa), especially when it came to challenging British colonial rule in India. 

At the same time, Gandhi once said, "Where choice is set between cowardice and violence, I would advise violence... I prefer to use arms in defence of honour, rather than remain the vile witness of dishonour."

There is no right answer. There is only what's right to you, relative to the context you find yourself in.

Should I be a vegetarian or non-vegetarian? Should I marry or become a monk? Should I look for a job or start a business? Should I speak up or remain silent?

There is no right answer. There is only what's right to you.

But we like to believe in there being a right answer. We like to be told what to do. This takes us off the hook and removes our agency as a unique creator, which helps us avoid shame and potential exclusion (and, ultimately, success and happiness).

The answer we choose very well might turn out to be the "wrong" answer or create complications. But even wrong answers become right answers if learned from.

And that is the whole point. To choose, to fall, to learn, and to grow. Over and over again.