Monday, November 2, 2009

Basic Needs

If you have 10 minutes, why don't you try this exercise. Calm down, think, and write down your top-10 basic needs. What are the 10 things you really need?

What is the list you came up with? Compare it with this list created by 660 village people in Sri Lanka (in order, highest priority first).

  • a clean and beautiful environment
  • an adequate supply of safe water
  • minimum requirements of clothing
  • a balanced diet
  • simple housing
  • basic health care
  • communication facilities
  • energy
  • total education related to life and living
  • cultural and spiritual needs

Source: Letters from Sri Lanka – The Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement, and the Ten Basic Needs

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