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Accounting: Daily Metta

“Let every youth take a leaf out of my book and make it a point to account for everything that comes into and goes out of his pocket.” ~ Gandhi, Autobiography, p. 52 Gandhi began while in England as a young man studying law to take very good records of his expenses and income. Offering… read more

Need, Not Greed: Daily Metta

“Religion is never opposed to economics, but is always ranged against profits.” ~ Gandhi, Ashram Observances, p. 97 This is a foundational concept in Gandhi’s system of economics: to serve need, not greed. Such a focus allows for a system to take care of everyone. Gandhi goes so far as to maintain that whatever excess… read more

“Our Humanity vs. Our Machines”–Daily Metta

October 11: “In this [vision] there is no room for machines that would displace human labour and that would concentrate power in a few hands.” –Gandhi (Harijan, July 28, 1946) It’s hard to understand the concept of Gandhian Economics (one of his most brilliant contributions) without the fundamental principle that upholds it: human beings need… read more

“Mother Teresa and Gandhiji”–Daily Metta

September 23: “The contrast between the rich and the poor today is a painful sight.” –Gandhi (Harijan, March 31, 1946) Very often, when people associate others with Gandhi, they think of Mother Teresa. But what is it that they have in common? While she was not leading a political or even economic movement, we might… read more

“Happiness–Key to Economics”–Daily Metta

July 3: “The extension of the law of nonviolence in the domain of economics means nothing less than the introduction of moral values as a factor to be considered in regulating international commerce.” –Gandhi (Young India, December 26, 1924) Morality in economics sounds like an oxymoron.  I can just hear it: leave morality to your… read more

The Ultimate Love Story

Illustration of human goodness

In this blog-series accompanying our project of updating the Peace and Conflict Studies lectures (we call it PACS 164-c), Kimberlyn David reviews some of the key material of the course from a personal lens in an effort to generate personal reflection and the application of course content. “We are only as brave as the stories… read more

A Cuppa Tea and Fundraiser in San Rafael, September 21 (International Day of Peace)

A Generosi-Tea party and fun(d)raiser to celebrate nonviolence in our world and what we can all do to be the change. ~Some additional information~  Metta’s Mission:  Our mission is to promote the transition to a nonviolent future by making the logic, history, and yet-unexplored potential of nonviolence more accessible to activists and agents of cultural change… read more

Do we live in a meaningless universe?

 Ours is not an empty, disorderly world, but an exquisitely structured web whose design embraces and affects all living things. –Sally Goerner WESTERN CIVILIZATION could be considered a grand experiment, culminating in the three-plus centuries of the industrial revolution, to see if the universe could be accounted for without resorting to the concept of a… read more

Gandhian economics

Gandhian economics if a term coined by J. C. Kumarappa for Gandhi’s approach to meeting material human needs. It is used as an umbrella term for the following related concepts in Gandhian thought. Namely these principles are: An economy based on needs rather than wants Swadeshi (in the economic sense, localism and material self-sufficiency at… read more