My little girl Isabella and I just spent the weekend at a gathering at the Providence Zen Center, the head temple of the Kwan Um School of Zen, where I meditate. There were five or six other kids there and from the moment we arrived Isabella ran around having fun and paying almost no attention […]
How could Obama permanently strenthen our economic well-being?
Back in July, I posted the above diagram under the title Exchange of Love. The point of the diagram is that economic policy in the modern world is generally about strengthening the bonds between corporations and individuals, rather than the other, potentially more meaningful, relationships. Under the current paradigm, this is important because it is […]
The economic meltdown
Click image to enlarge I’ve been getting a lot of emails from readers asking me my thoughts on the mortgage crisis and the market meltdown. So here goes. First, this from Sheryl Canter over at Climate 411: Former President Bill Clinton gave an interesting analysis last night on the Late Show with David Letterman of […]
What makes us happy is not stuff but each other
In a nutshell, the degradation of our planetary home is caused by overconsumption of resources. We in the developed world consume so many resources–we feel we need so much stuff–in part because we are alienated from each other and need consolation prizes. If we build proper communities, not only will we help the planet by […]