Global Consciousness I
Sense of Economy
The sense of economy is the use of all resources for the improvement of human life and of the natural environment which supports it. It is the sense that knows how to apply energy, time and materials in the right amount for the right purpose. The sense of economy is the wisdom to use resources to meet the most essential needs. It is like justice acting in the material world, promoting the equilibrium and balance between taking and giving back.
If resources are used to create pain and suffering rather than to create health and well-being, then that is evidence that there is no sense of economy in those who control resources. The resources of our earthtime, energy, people and matter exist to promote life, liberty, personal fulfillment, and unity. That is their purpose. That purpose prescribes the basic rights of all people. It is the responsibility of society to advance these rights within the framework of equilibrium and balance. Waste, pollution, debt, and deprivation in any sector of society or nature indicate that there is no sense of economy. When resources are used to separate, exclude or punish people or when their use creates unhappiness, fear, and want, the sense of economy is absent.
The pure sense of economy is demonstrated through cooperationamongst people, between nations and with nature. Cooperation comes from the awareness of the unity of all existence and from the desire to realize the highest potential of all working together in harmony. The sense of economy is expressed through integrity. Integrity is the awareness of the unity of means and ends. Goals can not be achieved with integrity if the means to reach them violate the laws of economy. In other words, good results cannot be achieved by hurting people or nature in the process.
this materialistic world it is rare to consider economics as a spiritual
awareness. However, when expressed as a balanced use of resources for
the betterment of both the user and the resources, it will create prosperity
in a universally humane and ecological way. The sense of economy, when
governing human production and consumption, will always improve the
human condition and lead to progressively higher levels of self actualization
and spiritual fulfillment.
© 2004 Richard Sidy