The Difficulty of Being Good

Gurcharan Das

Why ought to we be good? How ought to we be good? And the way would possibly we extra deeply perceive the ethical and moral failings–splashed throughout as we speak’s headlines–that haven’t solely destroyed particular person lives however triggered widespread calamity as effectively, bringing communities, nations, and certainly the worldwide financial system to the brink of collapse? In The Issue of Being Good, Gurcharan Das seeks solutions to those questions in an unlikely supply: the two,000 year-old Sanskrit epic, Mahabharata. A sprawling, witty, ironic, and pleasant poem, the Mahabharata is obsessive about the elusive notion of dharma–in essence, doing the correct factor. When a hero does one thing mistaken in a Greek epic, he wastes little time on self-reflection; when a hero falters within the Mahabharata, the motion stops and everybody weighs in with a special and infrequently contradictory tackle dharma. Every main character within the epic embodies a major ethical failing or advantage, and their struggles mirror with uncanny precision our personal acquainted feelings of tension, braveness, despair, regret, envy, compassion, vengefulness, and responsibility. Das explores the Mahabharata from many views and compares the successes and failures of the poem’s characters to these of latest people, lots of them extremely seen gamers on the planet of economics, enterprise, and politics. In each case, he finds putting parallels that carry classes for everybody confronted with moral and ethical dilemmas in as we speak’s complicated world. Written with the aptitude and seemingly easy erudition which have made Gurcharan Das a bestselling writer across the world–and enlivened by Das’s forthright dialogue of his personal private seek for a extra significant life–The Issue of Being Good shines the sunshine of an historical poem on essentially the most difficult ethical ambiguities of recent life.