Economics Of Mahavira ► 09 ► [09.05] Livelihood with Religion. Limits to Desires - Human and Spiritual Angles

Posted: 07.05.2006

In the context of man being a social entity, the approach of Economics to promote wants is not irrational. The question however is: Is man only a social being? Is he not an individual? Does he not have the feelings of happiness and unhappiness? Do not the pressures of limitless wants generate physical and mental tensions? Does the demon of desires stimulating the multiplication of wants not disturb the natural flow of glands, creating in the process, mental distortions? By not being adequately conscious of these problems, we would provide one-track support to the multiplication of wants.

On the contrary, when we look at man from a human perspective, we cannot support the stimulation of unlimited desires and wants. From a spiritual and humanistic point of view, it is imperative to control desires and wants.

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