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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 ...

9/27/15

Gandhian economics does not teach equality. It teaches oneness. Equality is the result of oneness, not a method of proceeding. It is a policy outcome, not policy itself. This confusion has caused quite a muddle in our thinking.

Equality means two things are equal. In that mathematical construction of the relationship we create separation. If I say, "you are my equal," I am immediately setting up a separation of "us" into two parts, viz. you and me. 

In his beautiful and wise commentary on the Bhagavad Gita Gandhiji says:

"It is only if we have faith in our hearts that, although we exist as separate beings, we are all one--it is only then that we can feel a sense of equality. Otherwise, even two leaves are not equal."* 

Friends, do we have the courage to see that we live in just such a world, where even two leaves are not equal, and that Gandhiji gave us a clear economic methodology of action rooted in the Bhagavad Gita emphasizing oneness. 

It is incumbent upon us to adopt this simple approach and allow for the flowering of a new, whole human being and a new, whole society. 


*See especially the edition published by Jaico Publishing House, Mumbai, 2010





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