Thursday, March 02, 2006

Vanity and capitalism!

Pondicherry used to be a French colony. This was very evident from the exponentially larger amounts of Frech travellers. It's a very quaint town with one major drawback: Auroville. Here is a little blurb on it:
Based on the philosophy of Sri Aurobindo and Mirra Alfalssa (a.k.a. "The Mother") , Auroville is a grand experiment in building human unity with the vision of becoming a universal township for 50,000 people. On February 28th, 1968 over 5,000 people from 124 nations assembled for the inauguration of Auroville. After the festivities ended, a handful of people remained to begin the task of transforming a devastated landscape into a vibrant ecosystem and a thriving international community. It worked. Today, Auroville extends over 2 square miles and is home to 1,900 members from 40 nations.
It sounds like a nice philosophy, but referring to yourself as "The Mother." Come on! Of the high horse, that's right get back down to Earth, Mother! Also, there was this super swanky store in Auroville. It was very poshe and didn't seem to promote univeral humanity but rather, vanity and capitalism. I complained the entire time we were in the store but ended up letting my hypocrasy get the best of me: I bought a cute little polka dot number. I never said I was perfect. posted by Hasina Wednesday, March 01, 2006 @ 10:58 PM

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