Discrimination – A Useful Understanding

The word discrimination, when used today, first brings to mind all the negative or unpleasant ideas associated with its use. In his ‘Thought for the Day’ Sri Easwaran has positive, more useful, and essential application of this word. I have included below that useful and needed application of discrimination in our lives.



Loss of discrimination is the greatest source of danger.


The greatest source of danger to a human being is loss of discrimination, and this is the main malady in our modern civilization, where we have lost our capacity to differentiate between what is necessary and useful, and what is unnecessary and harmful.

How often do we stop and ask, “What is really important? What matters most to me?”

If every one of us starts asking this simple question, it will transform our daily lives and even the world in which we live. After all, we need clean air and water more than we need microwave ovens. Doing work that is meaningful and of service to others is more important than owning luxury cars. We need loving human relationships more than we need home entertainment systems.

Many modern conveniences make life more pleasant and can save time. We needn’t live without them, but when we begin to think such things are not merely useful but prized possessions, we may gradually lose our discrimination.

In order to understand what is important in life, what our real priorities are, discrimination is essential.

The Thought for the Day is today’s entry from Eknath Easwaran’s Words to Live By.

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