We need to be

October 16, 2011

In memory of a keen, and kind, Lawyer

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

“We need to be the change we wish to see in the world.”

His list of seven social sins:

1. Politics without principles

2. Wealth without work,

3. Pleasure without conscience

4. Knowledge without character

5. Commerce without morality

6. Science without humanity, and

7. Worship without sacrifice.

Something has systematically corroded his legacy; our credibility rating has dropped on all counts.

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4 Responses to “We need to be”

  1. Richard said

    Today’s ills are timeless and universal, it seems.

  2. exuvia said

    “timeless and universal”
    all past, this present, all future.

    Shakespeare had his pick from the roster.

    A noble human being is almost a helpless fool in any trade.

    “Twenty-six-year-old Prince Lev Nikolayevich Myshkin returns to Russia after spending several years at a Swiss sanatorium. Scorned by the society of St. Petersburgh for his idiocy, generosity and innocence, he finds himself at the centre of a struggle between a beautiful kept woman and a gorgeous, virtuous girl, both of whom win his affection. Unfortunately, Myshkin’s very goodness seems to precipitate disaster, leaving the impression that, in a world obsessed with money, power, and sexual conquest, a sanatorium may be the only place for a saint.”

    [Plot introduction to THE IDIOT by Dostoevsky; taken from wikipedia]

  3. Sometimes, when the weather is bad, i get lazy and stop at the corporate grocery store which is closer than the independent i like….

    They have a bastardization of that Gandi quote on their shopping bags. “Be the change you wish to see in the world”- did not realize where the original came from.

    So many beautiful ideas/concepts out there that have been completely obliterated by mass marketing. Take the word ‘love’. How can that word have any meaning left when we’re constantly bombarded with it out of context. There is no love in that billboard, clothing outlet, box of electrical circuits.

    Totally disgusting…..So glad that you’ve set me straight and given those words some real meaning for me.

  4. Exuvia said

    A word is only as deep and meaningful as the person who speaks it.

    A certain King called a man of God to his court. -I would like to obtain your mantra. The Master answered -For you it is: Ram, Ram, Ram. The King was annoyed. -Any child in my streets knows Ram, Ram; I wish to know that which is kept a secret. The Holy man pointed a finger at the King and said to the guards: -Arrest that man! Nobody moved. The sovereign was taken back by the insolence of his visitor’s speech. Again The Master repeated: -Arrest that man! and again nothing happened. Now the King was upset; this man was not only an impostor he was also insolent to his ruler. At the third utterance of the sage: -Arrest that man! The King lost his patience and exclaimed, while pointing at the saint -ARREST THAT MAN!! At once the guards seized upon the holy man who begged a last word to the King. -My lord you and I spoke exactly the same words; when I spoke them nothing happened but when they came from your mouth the whole world moved. It is not the words that matter but the man from whom they come.

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