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Monday, 16 July 2012 00:00

Written by Andrea Theisson

Too Much of a Good Thing is Not a Good Thing. This is important, especially for those of you who may have missed the Dawning of the Age of Aquarius. 

Avarice is one of the Seven Deadly Sins, in even the old-think.  But now, greed is terribly NOT politically correct.  So many politicians have been caught with their hands in the cookie jar,  so many CEO’s with their inflated salaries while the company goes bankrupt, so many petty-small-town thieves of tax-payer monies as they budget to meet artificial quotas…ah, what a wicked web we’ve woven. 

Try this on for size:  Small is Beautiful.  “Modern economics, on the other hand, considers consumption to be the sole end and purpose of all economic activity.”  E.F. Schumacher, a British economist who worked with John Maynard Keynes and John Kenneth Galbraith, wrote of “enoughness” in his classic Small is Beautiful:  Economics As If People Mattered, published in 1973.  In spite of what the average MBA program may promote, there is a thoughtful path up the ladder to success.

 There is a tremendous movement balancing the global greedies, as is evident in a groundswell of literature on the new sustainability.  Paul Hawken’s writings  Blessed Unrest  and The Ecology of Commerce are milestones, as is Bill McKibben’s Deep Economy.  There is new paradigm of business practices.  Foreseen by Marilyn Fergusen, with her Aquarian Conspiracy, as early as the 1970’s, and Jimmy Carter’s shining attempt at consciousness-raising within the presidency, the movement “with no name” went underground for many years.  Yet, successful businessmen from Ben and Jerry to Robert Kiyosaki have shown us along the way that giving back can nurture more growth than the old Scrooge character of Dickens or rise above any of America’s exploitive millionaires of the late 19th and early 20th Century.

Global warming and our environmental crises are facts.  Our old materialistic and selfish lifestyles have not been conducive to solutions.  We are the problem.  Let’s do our homework and re-group.  Try reading all of the above titles, and throw in Your Money or Your Life:  Transforming Your Relationship With Money and Achieving Financial Independence by Joe Dominguez and Vicki Robin.  It will make you think about what is good for you, and for the planet.  And the ultimate original thought-provoking book on this subject is  Voluntary Simplicity:  Toward A Way of Life That is Outwardly Simple, Inwardly Rich by Duane Elgin.

We do not all have to become Buddhists, vegans or drop-outs to manifest a hopeful and thriving future for our world.  Just do some thinking about sustainable living, industrial ecology, conspicuous over-consumption, corporate and personal responsibility, and what kind of world we want our children to inherit.  Competition for too much of a good thing is not a good thing.  Commit to making more than a living, make a life.

 

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