May 27, 2013

How Much Is Enough? Monday


In their book How Much is Enough?, Robert and Edward Skidelsky note that our system depends on an endless expansion of wants.
“Capitalism rests precisely on this endless expansion of wants. That is why, for all its success, it remains so unloved. It has given us wealth beyond measure, but has taken away the chief benefit of wealth: the consciousness of having enough. … 
The vanishing of all intrinsic ends leaves us with only two options: to be ahead or to be behind. Positional struggle is our fate.”
 How much is enough in a system where we work longer hours not for more happiness, but to fulfill our infinite, often manufactured, desires?

How much is enough in a system where billionaires remain unsatisfied?

How much is enough? And when do we stop?

"To be satisfied with a little, is the greatest wisdom; and he that increaseth his riches, increaseth his cares; but a contented mind is a hidden treasure, and trouble findeth it not."
- Akhenaton 


  1. Hi, I love this post an all your posts in general, actually. Check out what they did in Australia , The New Joneses Project (no more keeping up with the joneses)

    1. Michelle, Thanks for visiting. We are glad you are enjoying NBA, and took the time to comment and leave a link to follow up.

      I like the idea of the New Joneses as it indicates an important shift that needs to be made.



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