Hello all. Just had a thought to throw out there and see what people think.
In addition to the development goals, it seems that something that is essential to human well-being and by extension to the well-being of the planet is joy. Compassion, positivity, caring, nurturing, optimism, beauty, that sort of thing. I was talking in another topic (on impact investing) about the need to replace “growth” with “balance” as the goal toward which to strive.
Well, in terms of balance, at the moment, I sometimes think the balance has tipped a bit negative. Intolerance, xenophobia, selfishness, greed, aggression, unkindness…feel free to add to the list.
So it seems to me that a simple way to contribute to getting the whole thing back in to positive balance is to think of ways to encourage the good stuff. Kindness. Sharing. Compassion. Beauty. Tolerance. Joy.
This would mean that, in the new economy, maybe the artists and carers and poets and mediators etc. would also be valued for their contribution to keeping the whole enterprise from tipping too far in the negative balance direction – because I really do think that without them we would be lost already… In this way, doughnut economics could also influence education and public policy in really transformative ways.
I mean, as long as we’re going holistic in our economic approach, we might as well include all the things that really matter…
Just a thought to put out there for consideration.