Sufficiency: Daily Metta

Michael Nagler Posted by Michael Nagler.

Michael is founder and president of the Metta Center for Nonviolence and the author of Our Spiritual Crisis and The Search for a Nonviolent Future, which received a 2002 American Book Award and has been translated into several languages.


Sufficiency: Daily Metta

“Even in a most perfect world, we shall fail to avoid inequalities, but we can and must avoid strife and bitterness.” ~ Gandhi, Young India October 7, 1926.

When Gandhi said this 90 years ago, he decidedly did not mean that we must put up with gross inequalities and obscene poverty. He means that striving for leveling the outer playing field was unnecessary and largely impossible; what we can and must strive for is doing away with greed and the hopeless search for happiness through material possessions. That would return sufficiency to everyone. The wealthy would spontaneously shrink from exploiting the poor and the poor no longer feel resentment and envy of the rich. Difficult, but the other approach has proven impossible.

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