“Was not their mistake once more bred of the life of slavery that they had been living?—a life which was always looking upon everything, except mankind, animate and inanimate—‘nature,’ as people used to call it—as one thing, and mankind as another, it was natural to people thinking in this way, that they should try to make ‘nature’ their slave, since they thought ‘nature’ was something outside them” — William Morris

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Creating Enlightened Society (One Huge Tune at a Time)

We are trying to create a Buddhist world, an enlightened society, and one of the principal ways of doing that is for each one of us to become sane. Once you have understood, studied, and practiced, you might actually have to do something. Together we might need to wake up the whole world from its sleep and create an enlightened society in accordance with Great Eastern Sun vision. So we should appreciate one another. We should appreciate that we are going to create a wakeful world.
--Trungpa Rinpoche

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Only in the past 3 years have I become interested in the economic and political dimensions of Tibetan buddhism. Some scholars say buddhism was useful for catalyzing international trade.

Thinking along these lines I wonder if the primacy of aesthetics in Realist Magic might inform a fresh critique of economic theories, especially Neo-Austrian Economics which inherits a focus on the primacy of aesthetics in the history of exchange. There is, I gather, a connection made in Austrian economics between aesthetics and the ontology of money.