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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. ...

3/7/11

A Gandhian economics must be a nonviolent economics. It must also be an economics where we are constantly experimenting with the truth of the notions that we develop.

Gandhiji clearly gave us hint as to how such an economics could be possible. He said that means and ends must be reversible. So any action we take with an end in mind must pass this test: What happens when we exchange means and ends? Does the action still make sense or does it expose its ugly belly? If we are planning massive upheaval to create a dam (means) with the idea that farmers in the region will have water for their fields (ends) then that plan fails our test. Try it. Would you have farmers work on their fields, watering the crops and displacing people (means) just to achieve a huge ugly dam (ends)? That sounds absurd doesn't it?

Now consider Gandhiji's vision of a society where local communities engage in small-scale projects that lead to a better life for everyone. In all these cases an exercise in interchanging means and ends leads to pleasant, if humorous results. How about teaching neighbors to read and write (means) so that they may become better citizens (ends)? Reversing the two we get this: Create better citizens (means) so that there is greater literacy (ends). Sounds good to me.

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