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>> Monday, June 18, 2007

Am enjoying reading Small Is Beautiful. It almost seems like a compendium of things I've heard throughout the years. Not entirely surprising given that this book is thirty years old. I actually came across the name in a conversation with someone last summer (specifically, August, I believe).

Anyhow, a large quote appeared in the chapter/essay "Buddhist Economics," which I thoroughly agree with.

"He [Western man] tends to count nothing as an expenditure, other than human effort; he does not seem to mind how much mineral matter he wastes and, far worse, how much living matter he destroys. He does not seem to realise at all that human life is a dependent part of an ecosystem of many different forms of life. As the world is ruled from towns where men are cut off from any form of life other than human, the feeling of belonging to an ecosystem is not revived. This results in a harsh and improvident treatment of things upon which we ultimately depend, such as water and trees."

--Bertrand de Jouvenel, quoted in Small Is Beautiful by E. F. Schumacher from A Philosophy of Indian Economic Development by Richard B. Gregg (1958!)

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