Gandhi warned us of Seven Things That Will Destroy Us
Wealth Without Struggle
Pleasure Without Conscience
Knowledge Without Character
Commerce (Business) Without Morality (Ethics)
Science Without Humanity
Religion Without Sacrifice
Politics Without Principle
Many of us believe that which defines the human condition is having a brain. I agree, but have an addendum to that assertion. If one were to take another step, a step above the proverbial line of thought, one could ponder the purpose of a brain. Sure, a brain makes us move, a brain signals our heart to squeeze and fill its chambers with our life force, then tighten and emplode, ejecting the sanguine elixir out to the rest of the body, but it does that for all animals too big for simple perfusion.
For humans, having the more cumbersome and massive ‘advanced’ brain means something, it does something more. Much like the specialization of deep and shallow fovea in raptors, our brain takes an exponential step in specialization. What is it that our brain arguably does better than most others? It solves problems. This mass of gray and white material, that squishes out chemicals to create ionic waves in order to function properly, is meant to move us forward effectively and efficiently in the physical and conceptual diaspora that is life. What does this have to do with the seven evils mentioned above? Well, for the most part these evils are liable to occur amongst those who have had no struggle, no problem to solve, no compromise, no base of humility set from failure, humiliation, objurgation, or other check of the ego.
Struggle, conscience, character, ethics, sacrifice, and principle are often best instilled in an individual during discord or chaos rather than ease. Humanity, I would argue is a synthesis of the former combined with the sense of connection with which we come in to being, but can lose through repeated traumatic experiences from unconscious or unscrupulous family, social circles, or society at large.
Our brain seeks stimulus, we want to solve problems. Without the struggle of food, shelter, warmth, and safety from predators [in whatever form], we have no ground on which to base our connection to humanity, our investment in the fate of others, and inevitably the fate of all that we ‘control’. Those who have little true stimulus, no authentic problem-solving, are likely to fall to one or more of these seven evils and the more we create an environment of ease, the more we perpetuate a culture which will beget the unconscious.
Another element to this is the propensity to create problems to solve where none exists. All too often the bored, unstimulated and undisciplined mind wanders. People with no struggle create situations through which they can find struggle purely for the sake of stimulation. If one has no trauma in life, create one. If one has no condition with which progress is impeded, produce one. If one needs an enemy to hate, find one and hate them. If ease in food and shelter is unavoidable, then the last natural element of struggle is the ‘predator’.
What can be done to reduce the likely destruction of the world as we know it? Be conscious of your brain’s want to solve problems and direct that want, that skill at ‘problems’ that personally salubriate, societally ameliorate.