Trusteeship: 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.


Trusteeship: Daily Metta

“You may not waste a grain of rice or a scrap of paper, and similarly a minute of your time. It is not ours. It belongs to the nation and we are the trustees for the use of it.” ~ Gandhi, CWMG Vol. xxvi, p. 272

One of the most compelling stories Arun Gandhi tells about his time with his grandfather is how he, as a young schoolboy, threw away a little nub of a pencil. When he asked for a new one, Grandfather (aka Mahatma Gandhi) made him go back on the road and find the nub, and use it all up. What a way to bring home this precious lesson. This is one of Gandhi’s strongest statements on trusteeship, which we’ve commented on before as a mainstay of his economics and so much more. For us today, “nation” should be replaced by “world,” but the principle is more critical than ever.

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