Could We Have Less And Be More?

Here is an interesting article by John Jackson in the Huffington Post

could we have less and be more“It’s a story about us — people — being persuaded to spend money we don’t have, on things we don’t need, to create impressions that won’t last, on people we don’t care about.” This is how Tim Jackson, the UK government’s sustainable development commissioner, summed up what drives us and our economy.

Professor Richard Layard has found that people in the West over the last 50 years have become richer, have longer holidays, travel more, live longer and are healthier. But they are no happier.

According to Stephen Batchelor there are two fundamental dimensions to our existence, ‘to have’ and ‘to be’. With ‘having’, life is experienced as we attempt to be fulfilled by what we amass. ‘Being’ is experienced as those things that are more meaningful, fulfilling and longer lasting.

What makes us happy? Human beings derive most happiness from relationships, community, a sense of purpose and job security. Could the recession provide an opportunity for us to ‘have’ less and ‘be’ more?

Rachel Botsman and Roo Rogers, suggest in their new book that a new Collaborative Consumption is helping to build and strengthen communities and trust between individuals.

As Batchelor suggests: “Instead of living in order ‘to have’ more abundantly, it is necessary to live in order ‘to be’ more abundantly.”

These are just a few edited highlights. If this interests you please check out the full article here and let me know what you think.

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