Seven Blunders of the World

The Seven Blunders of the World is a list that Mahatma Gandhi gave to his grandson Arun Gandhi, written on a piece of paper, on their final day together, not too long before his assassination. The seven blunders 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

Source: Wikipedia

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  1. Absolutely. Unfortunately I think a lot of people see this as a manifesto and not a warning.

  2. Elena

    those 7 Blunders of the World need to be inscribed in the walls of every church and city hall and courthouse

    Where have all the Gandi’s gone???????

    • Shonari

      The world was a smaller place back then. One profound statement back then made a greater impact, than the hundreds we have today

  3. Guy

    Remove #6 and we’re set. There’s no need to worship anything in the first place. Religion, religion everywhere.

  4. Abner

    No offense, Guy, but it’s a bit amusing that you feel yourself qualified to critique and amend the teachings of Ghandi. As for me, I think I’ll take his word for it.

  5. Tek1Atom

    Don’t really know about number 6 but the rest are wise to say.

  6. Yeah

    This is absolutely wise. Abner, being wise comes from questioning your surroundings. Ghandi was great and so were his teachings, but I’m under the impression that most of the problems in the world are from people taking each other’s word for it. Ghandi’s words are meant to provoke thought, not to create sheep.
    Think about things. Don’t take anybody’s word for it but your own.

  7. Joseph

    Number 6 doesn’t have to be centered around religion. Think a little deeper, minions.

  8. imaguition

    it’s number 6 for a reason… this list was spoken by an enlightened man and has so many facets that ring a true to humanities collective unconscious, it awakens us further to our true selves, i feel.

  9. Even for the atheists, there is worship. Worship of mind, rationality, unemotionalism, etc. In each instance, something must be sacrificed, if only our previous ignorance. To worship, one must ascribe superiority in some fashion to the object of our devotion. Thus, a “smaller self” (more ignorant, less humble) has to go.

    In my opinion, there is a child-like naivete in trying to believe that in an ideal world there is no giving up of ego or the pain of sacrifice. If we are to grow at all we must shed the earlier skin.

  10. FedupwithR

    @jerry

    An atheist does NOT worship. He may admire someone or feel awe before the splendor of the universe, music or a painting but he does not WORSHIP.

  11. D.

    All the above comments seem more to do with the adulation of Gandhi (nb. spelling, Abner et al) that’s in fashion now than with any serious assessments of the comments themselves. To me they all seem either facile or wrong.

  12. Ronni

    It’s evident that people do not know the meaning of worship. Worship really has nothing to do with religion, yet most people will equate it with that. A football fanatic worships his team, a shopaholic may worship their shoes. Yes, atheists do worship. I completely agree with #6, you can not have true worship without sacrifice. Ask a pro sports player who worships the game how far they would get if they didn’t make any sacrifices.

  13. D3mosthenes

    Religion can be defined as “a cultural system that creates powerful and long-lasting meaning, by establishing symbols that relate humanity to deeper truths and values.”

    Atheism has all these qualities — especially as Atheists, fighting against the symbols of others, are in actuality seeking to impose their own rather anarchic symbology on others.

    We can agree that Atheists do not claim the Darwin or Evolve or any of these other symbols as representations of what they believe — but rather as symbols designed to combat the beliefs of others.

    One can argue that these purposes are distinct (that is arguing for a religious symbol is distinct from arguing against the religious symbology of others) — but it is disingenuous to argue that these symbols do not represent the Atheist point of view.

    With that in mind, it is rational to hold the belief that Atheism is a religious position… sorry @Jerry.

    Peace.

  14. D3mosthenes

    Whoops… my last was directed at FedupwithR… profound apologies.

  15. BeepBeep

    I think the point of #6 is not directly related to religion. There’s a lot of things that we as people do religiously and many things we worship, not including any type of God. I believe it’s important to understand that there is really nothing without sacrifice.

  16. Nox

    everyone worships something. those that worship themselves tend to make excuses against that fact though; and are also blind to what sacrifice even is.

  17. Lord Efreet

    “I like your Christ. I do not like your christians. They are nothing like your Christ.”
    -Mahatma Gandhi

  18. Erik

    Trying to be so delicate around the atheists. Often times the “atheists” in these comment forums sound angry at those “religious fanatics” How full circle we have come. Reminds me of the shirtless feminists in the 80s shrieking and cursing at the praying pro-lifers. Bad form! If you really want rhetorical clinical sterility don’t be romantic, poetic or artistic. It’s all so illogical Spock.

  19. Ian

    @FedupwithR
    From wordnetweb.princeton.edu/perl/webwn:
    Worship is a feeling of profound love and admiration.

    I don’t know your personal story or where you are in life, but are you telling me that if you had a spouse, child, friend, significant other, etc, you (as an atheist) wouldn’t worship them in this sense of the word? You wouldn’t devote your life to see to their happiness and well being? That’s what worship is all about. Religious people worship deities. But you can also worship other human beings.

  20. Korosqui

    WTF, guys? Learn to read and associate thing for what they are.

    Gandhi is not saying you HAVE to worship. Then, it would mean you have to be a Scientist and a Politician, by that flawed logic.

    Those are the 7 blunders of the World. Look for the definition of blunder. Those are the 7 most stupidly common mistakes people make. In the Internets slang, that would mean the 7 most EPIC FAILS the world have. All he is saying is that it is indeed a blunder, an EPIC FAIL, and a very stupid thing to do, when you DO worship (religiously or not) and do not make any sacrifices. He is a 100% right on that one, as well as in the other 6 Epic Fails he mentions.

    Budhaism and Christianity, both requires SACRIFICES, but how many stupid Christians you see out there worshiping their churches and trying to push their religion to gays, but in reality are hypocrites that do not feed the hungry and do not help the poor? That’s a FAIL. How many people wants to finish a College career, but they never do, because they are not willing to make “sacrifice” their partying and friends? Another epic fail.

  21. Akash

    Such lines have existed in a lot of places and similar things have been said by many philosophers….but there is one thing when Gandhiji says it…

    HE LIVED BY IT!

    I challenge anyone here to pick ONE of those values, and live by it!

  22. Heello

    Really people? More specifically: Guy and Tek1Atom ~ What you said was completely idiotic. He made the list completely true to the world, nothing else. Get a grip kids.
    And I personally think # 6 is the most true.

  23. Auntie Hosebag

    Let’s not forget profundity without purpose.

  24. DestinysCalamity

    I think the listing of comments demonstrates the importance of noting #3 “Knowledge without character”

    Ghandi was brilliant, but no more so than any human being is capable of being once the ego is set aside and true pursuit of wisdom is attempted.

  25. rolando.

    What do Hindus eat at a funfair?

    Ghandi Floss.

  26. True Wisdom

    Relax. Number six is not a requirement to worship. It’s a commentary on worship (should you choose to participate).

  27. ted gabara

    worship without sacrifice

    interpretation is key.
    rule #6 is not just about religion.
    if one is infatuated with another, it is hard to not make sacrifices for that individual.
    it could be about love and loving another(infatuation and love are closely related but far apart)
    when I first fell in love with a girl, I was in love, or infatuated, in a sense you can even say I worshipped her for her beauty and excellence. I would’ve done anything for her (sacrifice).

    the blunder is, how can one worship without making a sacrifice?
    in modern language: how can one be in love but not give?
    the blunder must mean cheating a heart(in our modern understanding)(and cheating a girl’s heart, not cheating with other girls)

    im not saying im right, interpretation it subjective, if we could only ask gandhi

  28. Paul

    Ok… so for all of you who question this substantially wise man on his sixth burden, Gandhi was not implying that one must live by these seven lines. They were what he viewed as causing a potential problem in the world. He was simply saying, in my opinion, that you cannot have one with out the other. Therefore if you have no need for religion… then you also would have no need for sacrifice. Now first of all, if you have never sacrificed anything in your life, I feel sorry for you. Second, those who have sacrificed did it for some higher reason than themselves, and that can contest to a manor of worship. Wherefore, you sacrifice say maybe labor, in hopes of a better standing on a job resume later in life. The point is, you say you have no need for religion, yet you practice it without the comprehension of doing so… Just for all those Gandhi haters or even deniers out there…

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