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Lions Roar : July 2011
SHAMBHALA SUN JULY 2011 28 consumerism can ever approximate the happiness that comes through generosity and giving. Can you give some examples of groups or communities making positive changes? In terms of thinking about other ways of governing and other ways of managing resources, there’s loads of stuff happening. Fed up with the federal government to deal with things like climate change or hunger, a lot of municipalities have taken the lead and there we’re seeing really interesting stuff happening around reducing the carbon footprint of cities and making food available to everyone who lives within a city. What is central is the notion that we, as citizens, can govern ourselves, that we have the power to value the world around us, and that by taking back that power and engaging in things like public policy, we can ensure that there’s a way we can manage resources in common, rather than letting the market do it for us. One story I find inspiring from here in the San Francisco Bay Area is a Meals On Wheels program that takes the produce of local farmers and has it transformed into great, healthy meals by at-risk youth. The young people are trained in the culinary arts and in sustainable food processing and management. Then the food they make is given to the elderly and disabled who are homebound. This Meals on Wheels program is a nonprofit, and to help cover costs they ask for donations from the people they give meals to—people who earn less than $10,000 a year. When the nonprofit switched from industrial food to this amazing organic food that was seasonal and fresh and cooked by young people in the area, the donations that they got went up by tens of thousands of dollars. That’s a sign that people are able to understand when they’re being treated with respect. Why did you name your book The Value Of Nothing? The line comes from this Oscar Wilde quote—“Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing.” What I was trying to do in this book is what Oscar Wilde did throughout his lifetime—figure out other ways of valuing the world around us. In fact, we have a lot of different examples right now about how we might value the world differently, and those examples are inspired by everything from traditional indigenous cultures and their economics in Mexico to the Buddhist economics of E.F. Schumacher. The Value Of Nothing is in many ways a book written for Buddhists—not just for Buddhists, obviously—yet there is a Buddhist sensibility in it. But you’re not a Buddhist, are you? No, I’m an atheist Hindu, but that’s fine because it turns out that being a Hindu, you can be a bunch of other things at the same time. There are Buddhist ideas I feel are tremendously compelling. I don’t have to commit fully to the eightfold path to understand that there’s a great deal of value in problematizing attachment. Right there I am fully behind the wisdom of Buddhism. ♦ The Sky BenchTM *Easy to assume meditation posture even with limited flexibility. *Comes apart for easy travel. *Full line of meditation seats, and eco friend and eco friendly furniture. 1-888-267-5366 www.zafu.net