Ethical Principles and Economic Transformation - A Buddhist by Laszlo Zsolnai (auth.), Laszlo Zsolnai (eds.)

By Laszlo Zsolnai (auth.), Laszlo Zsolnai (eds.)

Buddhism issues out that emphasizing individuality and selling the best success of the wishes of the person conjointly bring about destruction. The publication promotes the elemental value-choices of Buddhism, particularly happiness, peace and permanence.

Happiness learn convincingly indicates that no longer fabric wealth however the richness of non-public relationships determines happiness. no longer issues, yet humans make humans satisfied. Western economics attempts to supply individuals with happiness by way of offering thousands of items and today’s dominating enterprise versions are in response to and cultivates slender self-centeredness.But what humans desire are worrying relationships and generosity. Buddhist economics makes those values obtainable via direct provision. Peace could be accomplished in nonviolent methods. short of much less can considerably give a contribution to this activity and make it occur extra simply. Permanence, or ecological sustainability, calls for a drastic cutback within the current point of intake and creation globally. This relief shouldn't be an inconvenient workout of self-sacrifice. within the noble ethos of decreasing ache it may be a favorable improvement course for humanity.

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There arises an energy of resistance to what is, and we are directed to think of what could be, if only the “system” were different or people were different. The machine must be “dismantled” (Jones 2003, 161–162), it is believed, in order to make right livelihood possible. The unnecessary Western belief which these writings have assimilated is the belief that the current economy is a non-relational, a-social machine. I know that there are strong pressures that encourage this belief: in some social milieus, if one questions it one is likely to be considered “soft on capitalism”, or unsophisticated in one’s understanding of economics, or insufficiently committed to economic justice.

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There are similar problems with the prescription that economic organizations be small and/or non-profit. Anyone with experience in a non-profit or community group (as well as a family) has likely observed that such structures do not necessarily foster wisdom and compassion, and certainly do not make people immune to greed, anger and ignorance. A. Nelson societies often seem to border on denigrating spiritual values, by arguing for “structural” solutions to economic problems in such a way that value issues are essentially made moot.

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