Neil Tambe

I'm a Detroiter who happens to enjoy writing, national parks, orange juice, the performing arts, and fanciful socks. More than anything though, I aspire to be a good husband, father, and citizen.

Sticks nor Carrots

What if I (or we) could do something - a chore, a goal, an assignment, even a pleasurable hobby - without the need for incentives?

Instead of sticks or carrots, what if I (or we) didn’t need sticks nor carrots?

That would take knowing what was right and wrong, yes, but also what the right requires of us.

This isn’t my idea. It’s in the divine dialogue between Krishna and Arjuna in the Bhagavad Gita. They don’t talk about sticks and carrots,  per se, but the idea of duty-driven action (as opppsed to result-driven action) is just as compelling today.