The Dalai Lama’s Little Book of Wisdom by His Holiness the Dalai Lama (15 Sep 2003)
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Mark Tully questions the pursuit of economic growth at all costs:
The BBC is here, as Ed West might agree, in full on pious clerical mode passing on their divine wisdom as they ‘question the Holy Grail of perpetual economic growth.’
Ironic that they counter that ‘Holy Grail’ by bringing on that Holy of Holies, the Dalai Lama…and I have to say it’s no wonder the rapacious, capitalist Chinese don’t want him in Tibet…he’s a bloody communist!
The D.L (PBUH) reveals that money can’t make you happy…it may bring quantity but it doesn’t bring quality….the pursuit of riches and the increase in wealth have not diminished suffering….science and technology, and the great Western science of Economics, have not brought any real benefits or reduced suffering.
Always the West’s fault….no one ever thought of getting rich before the advent of ‘The West’.
Well you can certainly quibble with his suggestions that science and technology, and indeed economics, have brought little benefits or improvements in quality of life….as his brethren flying around the world covered in bling know all too well.
What’s Tully’s solution?
We can all have little farms…or a field each…communes in fact….Market driven economics doesn’t help anyone….you don’t need your car, we need more public transport…Consumerism is based on greed.
Perhaps Tully would like to give a definition of consumerism…when does the accumulation of ‘stuff’ become ‘greed’? What if you actually use that ‘stuff’? Is that consumerism or just buying ‘stuff’ that is useful for your life?
Perhaps the BBC is saying we have too much ‘life’, too much fun…cut it out…shave your head, relax, meditate….give all your money away.
“It costs a great deal of money to keep Gandhi living in poverty,” one of his patrons said….funny how all those churches preach that we should give away our money…who to? er…to the Churches of course.
Gord bless the BBC though….lawks…I was a wrong ‘un I was until they puts me on the right path….the path to redemption, and poverty.
Hallelujah! Praise the DG and pass the TV remote.