Seven Social Sins

The Seven Social Sins, sometimes called the Seven Blunders of the World, is a list that Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi published in his weekly newspaper Young India on October 22, 1925. Later he gave this same list to his grandson, Arun Gandhi, written on a piece of paper on their final day together shortly before his assassination. The Seven Sins are:
  • Wealth without work.
  • Pleasure without conscience.
  • Knowledge without character.
  • Commerce without morality.
  • Science without humanity.
  • Worship without sacrifice.
  • Politics without principle.


  1. If we observe that there are many knowledgeable characters in the world (although, perhaps, not enough of them), then it appears that we've made progress on two of those items, the second being science with humanity. Scientists are working very hard to warn us that we're doing great damage to ourselves, some of which may be irreparable and devastating.

    Regrettably, the case that the controlling class may be regressing in the other five areas appears to be strong, and if there's one thing that actually does trickle down from them, it is their misdeeds.

  2. Thanks for the great post anonymous, you sure are one incredibly bright individual. You're one person I wish I could ask a few hundred questions of and spend quite a few hours talking about them.

  3. Thank you for sharing. I wish that children were taught to recite this every day before their lessons.