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Spiritually Rethinking the Economy

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With the economy in crisis, right now seems like a good time to rethink the economic fundamentals of American life. The latest issue of Tikkun has three articles questioning some of the basic assumptions inherent in today's economy, trying to move...


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kat y (400)
Saturday March 7, 2009, 9:44 am
Pleaase let me know if I need to post this, will you? THANKS!

kat y (400)
Saturday March 7, 2009, 10:08 am

With the economy in crisis, right now seems like a good time to rethink the economic fundamentals of American life. The latest issue of Tikkun has three articles questioning some of the basic assumptions inherent in today’s economy, trying to move people toward a more collective and spiritual future.

“Our current economic policies and institutions are all based on the stupid idea that the faster we convert useful resources to toxic garbage, the richer we are,” according to author David Korten. With that model failing, society needs to redefine wealth, human nature, and God to create a “live-serving economy.”

People also need to rethink knowledge, according to Gar Alperovitz and Lew Daily writing in the issue. They write:

We are trained to view success as an individualistic process of some people achieving more than other because they work harder or are smarter. But if much of what we have comes to us as the free gift of many generations of historical contribution, there is a profound question as to how much can reasonably said to be ‘earned’ by one person, now or in the future.

Alperovitz and Dialy suggest economic models that could move the economy toward a more collective understanding of knowledge and wealth. They write about employee-owned firms and “capital stake” programs that would give $80,000 to all adult citizens for any purpose, preferably education.

Questioning the necessity of capitalism in general, author Allen D. Kanner calls on people to discard some of the assumptions about human nature that he calls “cynical.” The idea that people are inherently self-interested is not only false, according to Kanner, it promotes selfish and spiritually unfulfilling materialism. If people aren’t inherently selfish, Kanner writes that “capitalism unravels at the seams.” And that, to him, is a good thing

Pamylle G (458)
Saturday March 7, 2009, 10:10 am
I think many of us realize we must do this, and change the mind-set mainstream society takes for granted. Thanks, Kat !

Past Member (0)
Saturday March 7, 2009, 10:19 am
We as a society have most definately forgotten our true selves.We have allowed ourselves to become shallow,selfish,apathetic and,yes,cynical.It is that mentality which has lead us into the mess we're in today.We can't keep going down this destructive path.The winds of change are blowin'.Wake up, world.

. (0)
Saturday March 7, 2009, 10:43 am
Instead of posting that could you write up proposal of how to change people's mindset? Community clothes closets, food pantries, etc where everyone donates and can take things out.

kat y (400)
Saturday March 7, 2009, 11:25 am
Heya Mary! Yeh, we used to do that, back in the 1960's and 1970's. Went really well for a long time...

Sheryl G (359)
Saturday March 7, 2009, 12:07 pm
Great article. The more I became aware of my environment growing up the more the system in which I lived under made no sense at all to me. I've always felt like I've been walking to the beat of a different drummer. The more Spiritual I grew as I aged and with the loss of close loved ones, I began to understand the true concept of what and how I wanted my life to be. Being on the fast wheel like a little mouse running around faster and faster and getting nowhere was no longer my idea of living in harmony. It was perhaps to the Corporations that wanted me to work longer hours, to purchase more things, to throw away more things that were suppose to be now outdated or made to break sooner. A lifestyle I was told by Capitalism was worth seeking out, but not my idea anymore. My late husband and I started making some serious changes early on in our childrens lives and am thankful every day we did for we had a much more pleasant time enjoying our extra freedom of not having to "keep up with the Whoevers" and using our extra time to spend with family, to give back to our Community and our Earth Mother.

Leigh B (211)
Saturday March 7, 2009, 3:25 pm
Sounds tooo New Age for me!

sue M (184)
Saturday March 7, 2009, 10:44 pm
If you do not earn what you get or take from someone/thing with out equal exchange you become criminal and the person/thing that gives you makes you criminal.
To flourish and prosper in this world you must demand an equal exchange of services.
Our country needs to go back to the exchange of goods bought and sold - not an exchange of worthless paper loans.

Suruna WTF (38)
Saturday March 7, 2009, 11:26 pm
Recently I had the opportunity to experience a Wellstone Camp training. Their motto is, "We all do better, when we all do better." I believe that speaks to a very logical, spiritually based, philosophically and fiscally responsible agenda. We must identify and heal the greed motivated varmints that seek to sabotage our global health and well-being. Greed and it's all about 'me' are our enemies.

Capitalism: an economic system in which the production and distribution of goods (and services?) depend on invested private capital and profit making; the possession of capital or wealth; the dominance of private owners of capital and production for profit. A system doomed to failure. Why? It is self-consuming. It does not, ultimately, result in a growth solution. And, we are pretty much at the end game of it having any pretense of function, other than devastatingly destructive. Oh, ya, time to 'spiritually re-think our economy'.

Blue Bunting (855)
Sunday March 8, 2009, 4:07 am
What Cooked the World's Economy?
It wasn't your overdue mortgage.

Teresa del Castillo (1519)
Sunday March 8, 2009, 1:39 pm
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