Gandhi’s Seven Social Sins

In 1925, Mohandas Gandhi published a list of Seven Social Sins in his newspaper, Young India. The poet William Stafford, during his teaching career from the 1940s through the 80s, would use this list to start discussion in his college writing classes. And in 1995, the Christian Science Monitor published it with this note: “When Arun Gandhi last saw his famous grandfather, the old man gave the boy a piece of paper with this list of mistakes that lead to violence."

Here are Gandhi's Seven Social Sins:

  1. Wealth without work.
  2. Pleasure without conscience.
  3. Knowledge without character.
  4. Commerce without morality.
  5. Science without humanity.
  6. Religion without sacrifice.
  7. Politics without principle.