Open Discussion – Meera Baindur

In Indian thought, the categories of good and evil are diffused and differently connected. Ethics are located in context, it is not absolute. It changes according to the situation. The Indian theory of action is also very complicated. It does not begin on the body level, it begins with tendency, then moves to an initiation of the tendency in the mind, a directed thought, energy, and finally action. At any point of time you can exercise ethics. So we are not just talking about action: one can restrain oneself from acting at these multiple levels. When you are acting within a context, the theory you can take is that ethics is about what is appropriate, and not specifically what is good.

Meera Baindur


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