Buddhist Economics

I came across this paper “Buddhist Economics” by E.F. Schumacher. It is worth reading. What is the purpose of work and a job in a  “western” economy as compared to a Buddhist economy ? I am not sure how much of what he might have considered a Buddhist economy at the time still applies today. Sounds to me like most of Asia has turned out rather mainstream capitalist. But I could be wrong. Be that as it may, his thoughts on our “western” focus on consumption, standard of living, work as a necessary evil are enlightening. It does make you ask some serious questions about what it is we do on a daily basis and what would have to change if we wanted to adapt capitalism to the demands of e.g. climate change.

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