In December 22, 1916 Mohandas Gandhi had a speech to well educated elites in a Muir Central College Economic Society, where located in Allahabad, Indina. From this speech he demonstrates about the relationship of economic progresses and moral progresses. From reading it, I were first interested because of him saying about economics because he had never learned specifically about it and a hindu asserting about the New Testament which not for the Hindus but for the Christians. I then recognized that the audience of speech were both Hindus and Christians, so by arguing the authority of both religion’s scriptural traditions he wanted to gain a sympathy from both peoples.
In this speech by implying some specific examples from our world’s history in which not only for the peoples but also for the societies in which lossing their moral behaviors when they receives great wealth, he admits that economic progress leads to a decline in moral progress. To support his ideas, Gandhi uses some examples from the ancient society, such as Rome and Egypt where suffered a moral fall when it attained high material affluence. He then argues that even the descendants(who seems to never fell corruption), fells when they are rolling in rich. I thought it is quiet known fact that economical wealth changes people and people’s belief. Gandhi himself writes “I mean that we do not even expect them to satisfy the highest standard of morality”(335page), so in other words he believes that material gain does not necessarily means moral gain. Even now in our society, many corruptions occur from the higher classes, so from this we could learn that the greater the possession, we have a greater moral turpitude. He then asserted that the poor also may have a decline in their moral progress, he states that “But look how the law fails in practice. If we sell all and have nothing, we shall have nothing to eat. We must have money or we cannot even be reasonably moral” (336page) so basically, Gandhi is...
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