Economics, Ethics and Spirituality

The establishment of a set of Rules of Ethics is ordinarily a legitimate aspect of a competitive and representative society and its government which are presumed to be „fair and equitable“ in safeguarding the interests of those to be protected. History has however been instructive in alerting us that those ethical injunctions can be, as has often been the case, subject to modifications and revisions by those in power who have prevailed to bend those rules in their favor.

Aside from the recent financial turmoil, there have been many cases of colossal and unethical actions that have been documented in very detail in relatively strict justice systems. In the wake of these irregularities, there have been commissions established to provide remedies and statutes to punish the guilty ones. Yet, as though the culprits forget the existence of these prohibitive schemes and continues to do what they have done according to their inherent spiritual and moral weaknesses.

On the other hand, the verdict of the philosopher and judge Ostad Elahi is an entirely different one that is the personification of a true and humane system of ethics and economic evelopment. „The perfect human being is the person who treats everyone else the same way they would like to be treated, and who also defends others against whatever that person would not like for himself […] You have to watch and control yourself at every instant […]“ He extends this dictum to the realm of humanity by requiring that one should love and do for others what one would wish for oneself.

Ostad Elahi – an exceptional musician and a master of an ancient lute himself – also points out: „If used for spiritual purposes, music will connect us to the divine, for music is related to the soul“. Maybe this connection can help grasping the essence of a perfect human being!

Prof. Dr. A. Kooros

Professor an den Universitäten von Rutgers und Santa Clara, leitender Wissenschafter für Statistik in Sozialwissenschaften an der Universität von Stanford, Berater für das „Council of the American Indians“

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