The list of the seven social sins is token of knowledge given by Mohandas Gandhi trying to show the world a life without violence or strife. Using this list Gandhi aimed at expressing how inhuman behavior by individuals arises. It is however not the original work of Gandhi as the list originated from England from a priest called Frederick Lewis. These sins are:
- Wealth without work.
- Pleasure without conscience.
- Knowledge without character.
- Commerce without morality.
- Science without humanity.
- Religion without sacrifice.
- Politics without principle.
Source (Gandhi 1)
According to Gandhi, the root cause of all the inexplicable behavior is governed by the sin of politics without principle. The politicians are at the helm of major decision making that affects society. They, therefore, should be principled enough to consider the consequences of legislation and policies they make. Science without humanity is another sin that portrays how social inequality persists even though the means to elevate them exist. Scientists have for decades come up with new technologies that will help the whole world, but they cannot release such scientific marvels without a way of making a profit. It is inhuman behavior, and Gandhi was against it.
The third sin that is knowledge without character only sees education institutions focusing on educating student without a thought given to character building (Covey 89). This will give rise to very knowledgeable adults who do not have internal character and will not know how to put that knowledge to good use. Another sin is trying to attain enormous wealth without working hard for it. This particular characteristic will result in individuals stealing from others and misusing them in order to acquire wealth quickly. Pleasure without conscience if a significant factor that has seen countless families break up. It is for this reason that parents selfishly abandon their children so that they can go and achieve their own dreams.
When conducting business, it is beneficial to both parties that everyone gains from the transactions. However, if one is immoral and cheats the other out of their business, then eventually the whole economic system will fall. Another thing to ponder is how nowadays religion is just used as a hierarchical system. It has been stripped of the sense of service and the ones participating in it only care of how it makes them look in the society. The society is no longer God- Oriented and it does nothing spread the gospel of that particular religion.
When reflecting upon something that is true and pure, it hard to find fault with it. In my opinion, the seven social sins capture tall that is wrong with the way humans are living today. Gandhi gave us the cause of all evil; it is therefore upon us to accept these causes and work a plan to address them. I believe that if only principle people are given elective positions, then these people will bring about change on all the fronts portrayed by Gandhi.
These elected individuals will go ahead to make sure that the results from scientific experiences are used as humanely as possible. In addition, they will enforce policies that ensure morals are factored in when engaging in commerce, that in order to attain knowledge one’s character must be fashioned for the benefit of the society and wealth is only acquired through hard work and dedication.
Covey, Stephen R. Principle centered leadership. Simon and Schuster, 1992.
Gandhi, A. “The seven deadly social sins: Explained by Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mohandas Gandhi.”