I thought this article was interesting enough to share with my NewBuddhist community. I hope you agree.
I found it interesting that there would even be a study in something labeled Buddhist economics. Then my thoughts whirled back to my time at college; studying as a student. I suppose it could be said that any organized social structure would have an economic component attached to it. All social structures will rely on resources that ultimately come from nature. Bringing up next, the question of ethics.
I particularly like the quote from a Claire Brown interview: We know how to move to a Buddhist economy. What we need is the political will coupled with the skillful means to create meaningful lives based on caring for one another and for the environment. Neuroscientists have shown that helping others makes us happy and has validated that buying more “stuff” does not lead to long-term happiness. Let’s turn off our devices and screens, stop being influenced by celebrities and advertisers, and enjoy our relationships and the world around us.
Pretty succinct. ~Tom~