Friday, December 19, 2008

Arm’s-length at Ashram

[The fact is that the relationships each of us has with our fellow citizens overwhelmingly are of the arm’s-length, impersonal variety. They are market relationships, governed chiefly by self-interest on both sides of each exchange. They are not the sorts of personal relationships that guide decisions made within households. They are, indeed, precisely the sorts of relationships that each of us has with strangers from foreign countries. The Nation Is Not a House from Cafe Hayek by Don Boudreaux]

[When the Stranger says: "What is the meaning of this city ?
Do you huddle close together because you love each other?"
What will you answer? "We all dwell together
To make money from each other"? or "This is a community"?
Choruses from The Rock
Work-Life Insights from T.S. Eliot]

[In his New Year message of peace, Pope Benedict XVI says: “If economic activities require a favourable context in order to develop, this must not distract attention from the need to generate revenue. While it has been rightly emphasized that increasing per capita income cannot be the ultimate goal of political and economic activity, it is still an important means of attaining the objective of the fight against hunger and absolute poverty. Hence, the illusion that a policy of mere redistribution of existing wealth can definitively resolve the problem must be set aside. In a modern economy, the value of assets is utterly dependent on the capacity to generate revenue in the present and the future. Wealth creation therefore becomes an inescapable duty, which must be kept in mind if the fight against material poverty is to be effective in the long term.” The Pope... And The Rukawat
from ANTIDOTE by Sauvik]

[Who's a true Aurovillian? PEOPLE LIKE US Kishore Singh, Business-Standard :: New Delhi December 20, 2008 7:55 AM]

[Re: Goodbye To All That: Nature and the Future Body in Sri Aurobindo
by jaydev on Thu 18 Dec 2008 07:53 AM PST
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Sir, This is a brilliant thought and one which is about to explode into the vast array of human waking consciousness as we continue to witness the extent of corruption, greed, fraud, deceit, being exposed in the arenas of public trust vested in a few indviduals all accross the world-earth.]

What would be the tenor of relationships amongst the inmates of Sri Aurobindo Ashram? Someone should venture to pick up the lens so that an appraisal is possible of what is intended and what obtains. [TNM]

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