Kishi loves Gandhi
Just hitting you guys up with some Gandhi quotes and how they clearly are relevant to big parts of the manga
"An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind"
- this can be seen in the cycle of hatred and pain that was involved in the pain arc AND literally all of the Uchiha using their MS powers, which they got through hating enough to kill their friend for power, makes them BLIND
"Be the change you want to see in the world"
- Naruto breaking the cycle of hate, and how by being the change in the cycle of hate he changes the world for the better.
"Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will"
- Jiraiya basically said the same thing to Oro when he and Naruto went to recruit Tsunade for Hokage. I think Jiraiya said something along the lines of "the strong of a shinobi is not the number of jutsu they have but their guts". This idea is clearly mainly emphasized through Jiraiya and to a lesser extent Naruto
"First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win. "
-Sounds incredibly like how Naruto won over the village
"The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong. "
-This one is a little more subtle. It hasn't really been emphasized in the manga as overtly, but I think we will end up looking back and thinking this is appropriate. The best example I can think of is that Naruto has gotten stronger and stronger as he has forgiven people Gaara,Pain, Sasuke, etc.
"Always aim at complete harmony of thought and word and deed. Always aim at purifying your thoughts and everything will be well. "
- This reminds me of Naruto's ninja way and how he promises to never waiver from it. So far that has led everything to be relatively well for him.
What do you guys think? I think this is kind of uncanny and Kishi must at least love Gandhi just because they're similar in philosophy even if this isn't on purpose.