Friday, February 13, 2004

A quote from Gandhi-

I would say that if the village perishes India will perish too. India will be no more India. Her own mission in the world will get lost. The revival of the village is possible only when it is no more exploited. Industrialization on a mass scale will necessarily lead to passive or active exploitation of the villagers as the problems of competition and marketing come in. Therefore we have to concentrate on the village being self-contained, manufacturing mainly for use. Provided this character of the village industry is maintained, there would be no objection to villagers using even the modern machines and tools that they can make and can afford to use. Only they should not be used as a means of exploitation of others.

I might say that one could substitute the words Utah or Deseret in place of India in this paragraph from one of the world's greatest community thinkers.

Old Brig, and I'd have to say, Joseph had the same visions for this little area of the country. They labored for community cohesion and economic localization here in the mormon's temporary Zion. While the problem of exploitation hasn't been such a large problem for small towns in Utah in the past, it is becoming a bigger issue as people try to make them into tourist destinations and trophy cases.

I hope India is doing better than we are in upholding their true heritage and mission than we seem to be.

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