Mohandas Gandhi was a profound man. His love of life and people defined him as one of the most memorable, kind, enlightened people to walk the earth. These 7 blunders of man were published in his weekly newspaper, Young India, on October 22, 1925. The insight they offer is just as relevant today as 90 years ago…perhaps even more so. See what you think!
One - Wealth without work Some people are born into money, or get lucky and hit the jackpot with an investment. And that’s great. There’s nothing wrong with that. But to live with that money, and not have worked for it, can sometimes lead to an entitled mindset. This mindset separates a person from the rest of the world, and keeps them from relating to others who may have a different economic experience. By being trapped in a judgmental cage of their own making, they can become desensitized to poverty and deprivation, even though they could make a powerful impact with their fortune and influence.
Two - 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? Will it ease me?” Often people want pleasures without conscience or sense of responsibility, even abandoning or neglecting spouses and children. The costs of pleasures without conscience are high as measured in terms of time and money, reputation, wounding hearts & minds of others n terms of reputation and in terms of wounding the hearts and minds of others who are adversely affected by those wanting to indulge themselves in the short term.
Three - Knowledge without character Ok, you’re really smart. It’s seriously impressive. But are you nice to people? Look at Steve Jobs. He had it all. People admired him. Yet, his personal life was fraught with difficulties, largely because of him. Whatever is said about this remarkable man, even he had regrets about his relationships, family and friends.
Four - Business without ethics Sure, making a buck is great, but what are we leaving for the rest of the world? Business is the very foundation of an economy, and yet we’ve seen just how out of control some have been- especially when it comes to the environment and banking industry. Surely if we had more ethics our society would be better off, and there wouldn’t be so many ills today.
Five - Science without humanity Without science, we wouldn’t have cars, planes, phones, computers, or blogs (which would be a deep loss to this writer.). We would be in the stone age. But we also wouldn’t have the atom bomb, automatic weapons, and so on. Science has helped kill on a massive scale. Where’s the humanity in these weapons of mass destruction? We have to change the fundamental attitude of helping each other.
Six - Religion without sacrifice Unfortunately, most religious rituals are practiced mindlessly. True worship demands sacrifice not just in the number of times a day we say our prayers but in sincerity in translating those prayers into life. This is perfectly illustrated in this little Gandhi story: Once a Christian priest was sent to convert people in India. After months, he hadn’t produced a single convert. Frustrated, he went to Gandhi. “After all the oppression and discrimination that the ‘untouchables’ suffer under Hinduism, why is it they do not accept our offer of a better life under Christianity?” He replied: “When you stop telling them how good Christianity is and start living it, you will find more converts than you can cope with. These wise words apply to all religions of the world. We must translated the virtue of our beliefs into action.”
Seven - Politics without principle John Quincy Adams said: “Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.” Often, it seems like principles are lost when it comes to politics. Political power seems dictated by those who have the politicians in their pocket, and we’re encouraged to go with whatever political party we loosely associate - even if we know it’s a bad choice. Politicians spend millions to create an image (often lacking substance) to get votes and an office. When it works, it leads to a political system operating independently of the natural laws that should govern it. Principles can turn our country, and world in the right direction.
By Matt Caron
Jean Walters is a Transformation & Empowerment Coach & speaker. You can reach her at 314 991 8439 or firstname.lastname@example.org