FUNDAMENTAL SYSTEMIC CHANGE
Along with this beautiful full moon I experienced while driving home last night, what follows is something else to ponder…
From the lessons of Coronavirus, we now know for sure that many areas require system change – take Senior Care homes for example. The 2020 book The Sustainable Economy by Robert S. Devine, which I introduced in my previous post What is the Price of a Human, suggests at least these nine items to help bring about fundamental systemic change:
1) Redesign corporations
2) Institute fees and caps on the extraction of virgin materials
3) Bolster public services
4) Dial down the stock market’s obsession with maximizing shareholders returns
5) Expand parental leave
6) Provide a sufficient minimum wage
7) Support organized labour
8) Infuse trade agreements with strong environmental and social provisions
9) Restrict advertising. (I like that one!)
These suggestions are courtesy of Gus Speth, past dean of Yale Forestry and Environmental Studies and co-chair of the The Next-System Project.
The Sustainable Economy was well researched, detailed and insightful about current problems and solutions.
Now I’m half way through Bending Towards Justice, by US Senator Doug Jones. As the late Rep. John Lewis writes in praise about the book: “Facing the truth of our dark past with honesty and humility is the only way this nation (USA) can heal these deep wounds.”
In closing I’ll quote from one of my personal heroes (an economist) :
“Everywhere people ask: “What can I actually do?” The answer is as simple as it is disconcerting: we can, each of us, work to put our own inner house in order. The guidance we need for this work cannot be found in science or technology, the value of which utterly depends on the ends they serve; but it can still be found in . . . traditional wisdom . . .
The real problems of our planet are not economic or technical, they are philosophical.”
Through all our deepest ponderings, let’s opt in for the wisdom of the good earth!