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There is only one goal. That is to be whole again.

There is only one goal. That is to be whole again. How human beings live and work determines whether they remain whole or are split. ...

2/22/11

Life is violent. Humans are violent. When we talk about nonviolence we are not using it as a descriptive term. We must accept the violence inherent in life. Gandhiji called this sat, a Sanskrit word which means the way things are.

Nonviolence then is our response to sat. We accept that violence is part of our nature and pure nonviolence is impossible. But we also accept that violence is not the entirety of our nature. There is more to us than that. That nonviolent part of us makes a nonviolence response to sat possible.

Pure materialism based on self-interest is pure violence. Yet we must accept that as part of life. So the entire system of classical economics from Adam Smith onwards all the way to the present is not so much wrong as it is limited. Human beings are capable of behaving like profit-seeking selfish calculators, inflicting great violence upon themselves and the environment. However that is not all humans are capable of. Human beings are capable of thought, of contemplation, of transcending the violence of economic life and choosing a nonviolent response.

This nonviolence is what is emerging as Gandhian economics.

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