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Mother of two, living life in small-town South Africa

Peace, my brother

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Carolina goes to a little Montessori school in Grahamstown. She’s so wonderfully, completely happy there. It makes me sad to think that she’s going to have to leave the Montessori environment in the next year or so. I’m always so moved by Maria Montessori’s approach and her beliefs, including that “establishing peace is the work of education”. (So inspired, in fact, that I imagine switching jobs – until I remember it involves children!) We had a parents’ meeting at the school earlier this week, and Antoinette, the directress, handed out a copy of Mahatma Gandhi’s Seven Blunders of the World. Gandhi gave this list to his grandson, Arun, on their final day together, shortly before his assassination.

The seven blunders are:

  • Wealth without work.
  • Pleasure without conscience.
  • Knowledge without character.
  • Commerce without morality.
  • Science without humanity.
  • Worship without sacrifice.
  • Politics without principle.

Arun later added an eighth one: Rights without responsibilities.

Apparently, Gandhi called these acts passive violence. Prevent these, he believed, and you could prevent yourself or your society from reaching a point of violence.

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