“Your society [. . . ] seems not to understand the fundamental inconsistency between individual freedom and the common welfare. The two must be carefully balanced. No group can survive, let alone thrive, unless what is good for the overall community is more important than individual freedom ... How can anyone with any intelligence possibly justify, in terms of the overall community, the accumulation and hoarding of enormous material assets by a few individuals when others do not even have food, clothing and other essentials?”
(Clarke and Lee 1996)
Questions for Reflection and Discussion:
Have you observed ways in which new soul-led financial or economic ideas are taking hold at the local, national, and/or global level? What are your views on them?
Can you imagine other ways in which a non-materialistic approach to the current public health crisis might benefit humanity?