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Monthly Archives: June 2010
Cicero asked, Cannot people realize how large an income is thrift? Apparently not. Working more so we can consume more seems to be much more popular than working less and consuming less. Yet this is just what we must do … Continue reading
E. F. Schumacher was one of the first environmentalists to write about production and work, and he is the only one I know of who discusses work in a spiritual and religious context.
Stated most simply, if we wish to reduce the size of the economy without inducing great suffering and disruption, we need to both consume less and find ways to produce less at the same time.
It is popular among environmentalists, and especially those of an ecospiritual persuasion, to blame the current ecological crisis on greed, consumerism, and corporate capitalism, and this accusation surely contains a great deal of truth.
Indigenous wisdom can provide perspectives that are very different from the view of mainstream world culture. But this wisdom is also available in our own culture, at least to the extent that we can joke about it.
Much of the Cochabamba declaration is about politics, but it is politics with a basis in the spirituality of indigenous peoples.
I am posting the entire document here because it isn’t easy to find it on the web and it is one of the few hopeful recent events at the level of the world’s goverments.