Economics Of Mahavira ► 11 ► [11.23] Mahavira and Economics - Contribution of Marx

Posted: 11.07.2006

Marx has also accomplished a lot. If Marx had not done what he did, some blind beliefs of the world would not have been dismantled. The belief that the poor suffers from poverty because of his own deeds is assumed. What can anybody do about this? To break such a blind faith in destiny, was not a small feat. Mahavira had not said that everything is destined; but his followers started believing that all that is happening is a game of destiny, and that nobody can change it. Marx dismantled this belief. He said: do not become a coward by accepting destiny blindly. We are doing the deeds - deeds cannot direct us. If we are the do'ers of the deeds, then we also have the power to break them. It should be accepted that by contributing to this concept, Marx has made a commendable contribution to the welfare of mankind. It has led to the upliftrnent of the poor and exploited people.

Our approach is that we overlook the shortcomings and accept only the merits. It needs to be recognized that one shortcoming characterized the thinking of Marx, which made his words unsuccessful. The shortcoming was that his thoughts were devoid of spiritualism. If non-violence and spiritualism were associated with his thinking, Marx would have been a great thinker of the age. He ignored non-violence in achieving the objectives. His principal theory became dominant and that is why the experiment of socialism failed.

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