Economics Of Mahavira ► 04 ► [04.10] Limitation of Individual Ownership and Personal Consumption - Excessive Consumption Generates Fear

Posted: 12.02.2006

Excessive Consumption Generates Fear

A man suffered from fear psychosis. He went to a sorcerer and told him about his problem. The sorcerer made out a talisman and while giving it to him said, "Wear this, you will not experience fear". After a few days he again came to the sorcerer. The sorcerer asked, "Are you all right now? Do you still get fear?" He said, "I am not afraid «f anything now, but one fear still persists - that the talisman may get lost."

Whenever a person resorts to excessive consumption, he fears about losing it. After wearing too m any ornaments the fear that overtakes the wearer is that some pieces may drop through oversight, somebody may steal them, or somebody may snatch them away. Extra consumption is accompanied with fear. The limitation of a part of surplus consumption will remove the fear arising out of surplus consumption.

Limitless Craving

There is obviously no limit to the craving. There is no end even beyond the craving for a million or a billion. Unending, craving creates turbulence in the mind and fills it with tension.

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