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WAS BUDDHA THE FIRST ECOLOGICAL ECONOMIST? - Shared screen with speaker view
Jane O'Sullivan
If all suffering is due to unmet aspirations, where does real physical pain, fear and deprivation come in? To ignore the physical reality of our bodies as biological entities seems rather more in denial of ecology than in harmony with it. Which raises the question, what does Buddhism have to say about limits to growth?
Jane O'Sullivan
The Amish have very high fertility. Thus the environmental legacy of Amish people two generations ago is huge. Population stabilisation is essential for sustainability. At least Buddhism has a statement to the effect that "too many children make you poor", but I wonder if it has any statement that acknowledges the potential for overpopulation?