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I = S - M

The modern way of thinking about economics has been I = M - S Where I is the I as in me, M is what is 'mine' and S is what ...


We see around the world so much destruction, so much suffering, so much anger. This is what we see. It is on the outside so we see it.

However what is outside is simply a reflection of what is inside. If each of us in the world were not destroying ourselves moment by moment, if we were not each suffering and creating even more suffering for our selves, if we were not each angry and getting angrier day by day, the world would not be full of destruction, suffering and anger.

Society is not just a collection of people. Gandhiji distinguished between society and masses. Society comes into being through relationship. Each relationship that I have, with my wife, my neighbor, my boss, reflects my relationship with myself. So if we find that society is fragile, at a breaking point, full of conflict and greed, it means that each of us is fragile, at breaking point, full of conflict and greed.

The problem is not outside. The problem is inside. The outside is simply a reflection of the inside. It is just that what is outside is available for us to see.

How do we respond to what is happening on the outside? We can not ignore it, pretend that it does not exist. Even the earth is rebelling against such studied ignoring and lashing back with climate change and increasingly extreme, unpredictable weather. People are taking to the streets unwilling to be coaxed along with promises of material fulfillment.

However the only real and effective response is for us to change on the inside. We must change. Each of us must change. We must work to heal the split within us.

We must look at how we live and how we work and heal those first.