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When it comes to non-violent, ideological leaders, Mahatma Gandhi has got to be toward the very top of the list. His resistance to British tyranny through mass civil disobedience is famous. Needless to say, he spent a lot of time in prison and was eventually murdered. So it goes.

Shortly before Gandhi was assassinated, he gave his grandson a piece of paper with a list of what he calls the "seven blunders of the world." They are:

  • Wealth without work.

  • Pleasure without conscience.

  • Knowledge without character.

  • Commerce without morality.

  • Science without humanity.

  • Worship without sacrifice.

  • Politics without principle.

His grandson is said to have added an eighth item to the list: rights without responsibilities.

If it is true that these seven (or eight) things lead to most of the violence in the world, what specific actions are we doing to correct them? How do you rate your political or spiritual leaders relative to these seven items? What are you personally doing in the context of these seven to make the world a better place? What do you think is missing from the list? What examples can you see in the world that validate this list?


Original posting by Braincrave Second Life staff on Sep 12, 2011 at http://www.braincrave.com/viewblog.php?id=640

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