Economy explained in cookies

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Economy explained in cookies

Post by Ayu » Fri Feb 05, 2016 4:10 pm

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Post by Queequeg » Fri Feb 05, 2016 6:43 pm

I suspect its been like that forever... Looking at our cousin gorillas, the silverback takes all as his prerogative, until someone takes all from him, and so on, generation after generation. Samsara in microcosm.

A perfunctory survey of great spiritual traditions suggests at least one common theme - the prescription of generosity. Aside from blood shed, moral compulsion seems the only effective way to convince the guy in the bow tie to share, to show him that sharing is actually the rational choice.

Bill Gates is on that path.
Those who, even with distracted minds,
Entered a stupa compound
And chanted but once, “Namo Buddhaya!”
Have certainly attained the path of the buddhas.

-Lotus Sutra, Expedient Means Chapter

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Post by Thomas Amundsen » Fri Feb 05, 2016 7:11 pm

I'd laugh if it weren't so unfortunately accurate.

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Post by Ayu » Fri Feb 05, 2016 7:44 pm

tomamundsen wrote:I'd laugh if it weren't so unfortunately accurate.
If y'all take it serious, we can move it to "Engaged Buddhism", "Dharma in Everyday Life" or "Ethical Conduct". :smile:
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Post by Thomas Amundsen » Fri Feb 05, 2016 8:13 pm

The truth is that I actually did laugh, and I just didn't want to admit it :oops: :emb:

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Post by skittles » Sat Feb 06, 2016 2:52 am

It won't be like this forever. Eventually all crucial tasks will be automated and we'll have enough resources that there will be no purpose in trying to "hog" them.

Capitalism only serves a purpose when there isn't enough. People will get smart and put limits on populations and expand the human habitat to space and this whole way of life with wages and costs will end.
"My main teacher Serkong Rinpoche, who was one of the teachers of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, explained that having a protector is like having a very strong and vicious dog. If you are a strong person, you could go sit and guard your own gate every night to make sure that thieves don’t attack, but usually people wouldn’t do that. It’s not that we don’t have the ability, it’s just: why bother? You could post a dog there instead." - Alex Berzin http://www.berzinarchives.com/web/en/ar ... rs_ab.html

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Re: Economy explained in cookies

Post by Triquetra of Columba » Sat Feb 06, 2016 5:21 am

skittles wrote:It won't be like this forever. Eventually all crucial tasks will be automated and we'll have enough resources that there will be no purpose in trying to "hog" them.

Capitalism only serves a purpose when there isn't enough. People will get smart and put limits on populations and expand the human habitat to space and this whole way of life with wages and costs will end.
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