Thursday, December 29, 2011
Yes, O Great Soul, We Are Blundering As A Nation
Wealth without work.
Pleasure without conscience.
Knowledge without character.
Commerce without morality.
Science without humanity.
Worship without sacrifice.
Politics without principle.
His grandson Arun Gandhi, in a book he edited and wrote the Foreword for, World Without Violence, added another:
Rights without responsibilities.
I really like that one and am glad he added it.
If these blunders don't serve as a concise commentary on out times, I don't know what else would.
Just a while ago I was watching my local early morning news program. On their Facebook page they had a poll asking viewers if they thought 2012 would be a better year than 2011. Not surprisingly many answers were religious in nature and stated the general theme that if we as a people would return to God and place him first in our priorities, then all else would fall into place.
We are a religious people, and the word God rolls off the tongues of most of our politicians. It rolls off the tongues of most of the citizens. I dare say, however, that our national religion is largely one of words rather than deeds. That is worship without sacrifice. And it is empty.
As for Gandhi's other suggested blunders, they serve as a true diagnosis for what ails us as a nation.
What prescriptions are we being offered by our national leaders?