Yesterday was Mahatma Gandhi’s death anniversary but we did not see much mention of this anywhere; with dirty politics taking center stage.
And his thoughts and talks seem all the more relevant in today’s turbulent times. He listed out the seven deadly social sins, which will destroy us all. Each of these "deadly sins" is an explicit external standard or something that is based on natural principles and laws, not on social values.
1: Wealth with work - manipulating markets and assets so you don't have to work or produce added value, just manipulate people and things. Today there are professions built around making wealth without working, making much money without paying taxes, benefiting from free government programs without carrying a fair share of the financial burdens, and enjoying all the perks of citizenship of country and membership of corporation without assuming any of the risk or responsibility.
2: Pleasure without conscience – a society which is essentially all about “I, me, myself”. The predominant question behind every action is, "What's in it for me? Will this please me? Will it ease me?"
3: Knowledge without character – Little knowledge is dangerous but even more dangerous is much knowledge without a strong, principled character. Isn’t that what we see in the academic world where there is no focus on character development of young people.
4: Commerce without morality - we ignore the moral foundation and allow economic systems to operate without moral foundation and without continued education, creating an amoral, if not immoral, society and business. Economic and political systems are ultimately based on a moral foundation.
5: Science without humanity - highly educated people climbing the scientific ladder of success, even though it's often missing the rung called humanity and leaning against the wrong wall.
6: Religion without sacrifice – It is pointless to go for the social facade of religion and the piety of religious practices. It takes sacrifice to serve the needs of other people - the sacrifice of our own pride and prejudice.
7: Politics without principle – this is the deadliest of all sins as this sin corrupts every facet of our living.