Buddhist Revolution

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I am currently reading a wonderful book called Money, Sex, War, Karma: Notes for a Buddhist Revolution and absolutely loving it. In a chapter entitled Lack of Money, author David Loy writes about America’s artificial social system whose myths are intrinsically unsustainable: “The other side of capital investment is debt. A capitalist economy is an economy that runs on debt and requires a society that is comfortable with indebtedness. The debt is at least a little larger than the original loan: those who invest expect to get more back than their original investment. When this is how the whole economy works, the social result is a generalized pressure for continuous accumulating debt. This constant pressure for growth is indifferent to other social and ecological consequences. The result is a collective future orientation: the present is never enough but the future will be (or must be) better.” Discuss.

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