Monday, April 24, 2017

Dr. Faulkner: Seven Blunders

A few years ago I had the opportunity to hear Arun Gandhi speak at Cleveland State (he also spoke here at Vol State).  Arun is the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi.  Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was born in1869 in Porbandar, India. He led India's movement for independence from British rule.  Gandhi is honored by his people as the father of the Indian nation and is called 'Mahatma', which means Great Soul.
During his presentation, Arun spoke of his grandfathers’s efforts to obtain freedom for India through non-violent resistance.  He spoke of Mahatma’s messages of peace, love, and tolerance.  His actions and words make him one of the most respected spiritual and political leaders of the 20th century.  

Arun also spoke of what his grandfather called the Seven Blunders of the World.  They are:

1. Wealth without work
2. Pleasure without conscience
3. Knowledge without character
4. Commerce without morality
5. Science without humanity
6. Worship without sacrifice
7. Politics without principle

To these Arun modestly added an eighth – Rights without responsibility.

Mahatma also referred to these as seven social sins and collectively as “passive violence.”  His premise was that these individually and collectively lead to manifestations of violence.  Left unchecked they can destroy a person or a society.

As I watch the TV news and read the newspaper (Yes.  I’m and old fogey that reads a real newspaper every day.) I observe that every criminal act, expression of violence, or terrorist attack has one or more of these blunders at its foundation.

Mahatma Gandhi’s real impact was not just in the words he said but in the actions and lifestyle that demonstrated what he said.  What could our college, our community, our state, our nation be like if we individually and collectively pledged ourselves to not commit the Seven Blunders?

-Dr. Jerry Faulkner

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