Remembering Mahatma Gandhi @ 150
2 October, 2019
Mahatma Gandhi’s Wisdom
Mahatma Gandhi had said that seven things will destroy us.
- Wealth without work. This refers to the practice of getting something for nothing – manipulating markets and assets so you don’t have to work or produce added value. Just manipulate people and things.
- Pleasure without conscience. The chief query of the immature, greedy, selfish, and sensuous has always been, “What’s in it for me? Will this please me?”
- Knowledge without character. As dangerous as a little knowledge is, even more dangerous is much knowledge without a strong, principled character.
- Commerce (business) without morality (ethics). The foundation to success of our systems is based on the moral foundation: how we treat each other, the spirit of benevolence, of service, of contribution.
- Science without humanity. If science becomes all technique and technology, it quickly degenerates into man against humanity.
- Religion without sacrifice. We go for the social facade of religion and the piety of religious practices. There is no real walking with people or going the second mile or trying to deal with our social problems that may eventually undo our economic system.
- Politics without principle. If there is no principle, there is no true north, nothing you can depend upon.
Notice that all of them have to do with social and political conditions.
Source: Stephen R Covey, Principle Centered Leadership
An Economist’s View
Sunday was the Jewish New Year. I remembered my mentor, an Economist of international repute. We had many chats on macro and micro issues.
According to my mentor, the seven things that can destroy us are:
- Cost Of Poor Quality.
Do you agree?
Are there any more you wish to add?
- Trustworthiness = Character + Competence
- We need to seed the importance of “trustworthiness” in schools and colleges.
- We need to seed the importance of “trustworthiness” in our homes.
- Truth is God and God is Truth – Mahatma Gandhi.
- Democracy is rule by the majority, but this majority must not be a majority that is determined entirely by birth – An Economist.