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July 7,2020

Economics for Yogis 004 — “Attachment”

In Buddhist teachings, "attachment," comes in two forms -- attraction & aversion. It's either positive (hope) or negative (fear). An economist's version of this comes from their discipline's model of decision-making. According to their framework, all too often, we are weighed down by what we've done in the past. For example, we've invested a lot of blood, sweat, and treasure in a project, say a physical studio, and there is little or no prospects of the project reaching planned and desired levels. That is the studio is unlikely to become profitable. Yet when we get some additional cash, we keep...

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July 7,2020

Economics for Yogis 003 — Buddhist Economics — Work

In 1966 E. F. Schumacher published "Buddhist Economics." People have continued to read it.I probably first read it in 1972 or 1973, and it's one of those essays I re-read periodically.Today Schumacher's ideas are useful as we try to reimagine how we live and work.For example,  in the essay, Schumacher distinguishes between "mainstream's" and "Buddhist's" economics view of "work." The mainstream view of work:Get rid of it.Reduce workload.Focus on specialization and division of labor.Emphasize productivity & speed.It's meaningless, boring, and nerve-racking.We're concerned more with goods than with people.It lacks compassion.It's soul-destroying.Leisure becomes a goa  The Buddhist view of work:Develops the capacity to...

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June 18,2020

Take Your Knee Off Our Necks: A Paige Ancestral Story

The Reverend Al Sharpton’s eulogy for George Floyd asked white America to take their knees off our necks. Our family history provides at least five disturbing examples of a knee being placed on our necks with the purpose of trying to control and destroy us. My sister, Okella Trice, who is our family genealogist, has documented how white America placed their knees on the necks of our family. Her research shows how, in each generation, our ancestors embraced the American entrepreneurial spirit and built businesses -- even communities. Each time the knee of vicious white destruction wiped out our families’...

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