You may be interested in this blog if:
- The idea of a truly fresh approach to economic theory intrigues you . . .
- You've know me personally and have some previous contact with my ideas . . .
- You are worried (isn't everybody?) about the current state of our world, and the huge role that economic behavior plays in the future prospects for humanity . . .
- You are interested in alternative economic systems such as those proposed by E. F. Schumacher, Hazel Henderson, Herman Daly, and so many others . . .
- You are interested in "Buddhist Economics" either through the environmental and social justice movement, or through involvement with Buddhism . . .
When introducing these cornerstones I'll identify them as such, and will develop a hypertext glossary for reference. In keeping with the freeform style of the blog medium, I'll feel free to comment on the economic issues of the day . . . but will find a way to distinguish these sorts of observations from a core presentation of the work I've done all these years.
Why Now? Let's just call it "the urgency." The urgency of our times is a most compelling reason and force behind putting my ideas out there for the world at this time. I can't wait around any longer in good conscience. If we really look at the seriousness of the human condition and the human prospect worldwide, none of us should wait. In contemplating the vast poverty, the imbalance of economic power, the looming environmental catastrophes, not to mention more immediate but deeply ominous developments like the current global price spikes for energy and food, it's hard to avoid a deep sense of anxiety and even grief. We could, perhaps, go down the road of hopelessness, avoidance, or selfish cynicism. Or, more positively, we could say "well, at least I recycle and buy organic food. Fine, but the reality is that we as a species have got to do some major things differently in the global macro-economy and we have to find ways to make these changes soon. Many of the needed changes have become clear, and much of the work has been started, but isn't it abundantly clear that the fundamental structure of the global economy is not equal to the task we face? And at the deeper level, isn't it obvious that the working theories behind of our world economy, the "consensus reality" is deficient?
I don't have certainty as to whether my contribution to the discussion will help humanity or not, but I'm ready to do my part. I strongly invite you, the reader, to respond as you see fit.
May it be auspicious