- If changes in personal lives are deemed necessary for growth, then how would this translate when we experiment with frequent changes in vocations and types of work as part of such personal changes?
- How can we create a dependable work force within the community that can be relied upon to run our essential services, from education, infrastructure, economy, etc?
- Is there a lack of responsibility (or self-discipline) or dislike of routine/repetitive tasks or need to provide livelihoods for the villages, that makes us dependent on an external workforce for building up the economy of Auroville through commercial or non-commercial activities?
For this reason of dependability, there is obviously a preference, particularly in the commercial sector for employees as opposed to voluntary and selective inputs based on personal choice and ability.
- How then do we plan future developmental needs with people whose personal objectives and needs may not match with that of a larger collective vision of Auroville?
This is one of our present dilemmas. Working for the collective welfare while sustaining themselves with difficulty When work is not connected to gaining livelihood, and should be the case of at least all those Aurovilians who are on a centrally funded maintenance doing work for the collective economy through production and services of essentials (as contrasted to those producing non-essentials that once again go to subsidize the life of people producing essentials), and when these sustenance levels provided are below the needs because of rising market prices and expansion of the minimum needs basket itself that is accompanied by the development of any society, some of these people are forced into taking up economic activities and responsibilities outside the community (if not possible within the community) only in order to sustain themselves. The problem here is not so much taking up the economic activity as much as it is pursuing an interest dictated by money that was precisely what the role of work was not meant to be in Auroville...