Friday, April 15, 2011

Mahatma Gandhi's guidelines for economic, ecological and social fairness

* Nature produces enough to support our needs, but not more. If we take more than we need we may be borrowing from future generations or hurting nature.

* People have a right to an honourable livelihood and to have their basic needs met. Basic needs include a balanced diet, decent housing and healthcare, the education of children, and the search for spiritual self-realization.

* All other wealth beyond that belongs to the community. The community may grant more to individuals if it believes doing so benefits the general welfare, but such wealth is a privilege, not a right, and may not be allowed to injure the community.

- from the book Trusteeship by Mahatma Gandhi published by Navjivan Publishing House, Ahmedabad, India

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