The story of my country is the story of fear and greed trumping Truth.
Barely a year after independence Einstein warned India that the use of chemical fertilizers and tractors would lead to the destruction of the soil and in the long run cause untold misery.
Kumarappa, the father of Gandhian economics, himself warned my countrymen that unless India were to be organized on decentralized principles focused on organic farming and meeting all its needs through local economies, he feared the worst for the country's future.
Even as bigger and bigger monuments have been placed in the memory of Gandhiji, all around the country and all around the world, his ideas and values have been totally ignored, often by the same people who are putting up the monuments.
And so the story of my country is really the story of the world. In country after country local economies that were once self-sufficient, that once created thoughtful employment for people and animals, that once engaged nature is its awesome flow, have been destroyed.
Fear makes us follow self-interest and greed makes us maximize. Self-interest and maximization lead to power, centralization, fabulous wealth for the few and destitution for the majority. Together they lead to work that is devoid of meaning, the breakdown of family life and hence the breakdown of society.
Even Einstein could never have imagined the world that we have created by abandoning Truth. Do we now have the courage to abandon our own self-interest and our own maximizing behavior and instead choose Truth?
That is all that Gandhiji asked us to do. Really!
Posted by Abhay Burjor Ghiara at 5/11/2015