Changing the System Mindfully. Are we imprisoned by our unexamined concepts???

Changing the System Mindfully. Are we imprisoned by our unexamined concepts???
Humanity is imprisoned by a heartless monetary system, co-dependently arising from dichotomy of man and nature, self and society, ecology and economy, and public and private. How is the system fabricated? How do we awaken from our collective delusion and suffering? Please share this blog for Contemplative Social Action to Cultivate a Culture of Awakening! "Do everything with a mind that lets go" - Ajahn Chah

Monday, May 16, 2011

Globalization Forces Indian Farmers to Commit Suicides Daily!

about this distress call from the from the invisible bottom of our economic food pyramid.

"It is estimated that more than a quarter of a million Indian farmers have committed suicide in the last 16 years—the largest wave of recorded suicides in human history. A great number of those affected are cash crop farmers, and cotton farmers in particular. In 2009 alone, the most recent year for which official figures are available, 17,638 farmers committed suicide—that’s one farmer every 30 minutes. While striking on their own, these figures considerably underestimate the actual number of farmer suicides taking place. Women, for example, are often excluded from farmer suicide statistics because most do not have title to land—a common prerequisite for being recognized as a farmer in official statistics and programs." - Souce Document 50 pg. NYU Law School
See role of Monsanto in Indian Farmer suicide. Also their products, including Roundup, Agent orange, Nutrasweet and GMO (genetically modified foods). see the Documentary.
Prince Charles of UK has opened Bhumi Vardhaan Foundation to address farmer suicide.

Interestingly Tom Paine, one of the founding fathers of the United Sates wrote in Agrarian Justice (1776): "Men did not make the earth... It is the value of the improvements only, and not the earth itself, that is individual property... every proprietor owes to the community a ground rent for the land which he holds." He also introduced the concept of gauranteed minimum income from land (payment by all land holders to non-land holders). Paul Newman said, "I just happen to think that in life we need to be a little like the farmer who puts back into the soil what he takes out."

Buddhist economics encourage sharing of gifts from the heart. The practice of daily alms giving by lay community to monks and nuns and the vinaya rules of modesty and virtue were given to develop and preserve the sanctity or sacred nature of a good virtuous society living in reciprocity, as well as, harmony with nature and all sentient beings. Buddha said: "Monks, householders are very helpful to you, as they provide you with the requisites of robes, almsfood, lodgings, and medicine. And you, monks, are very helpful to householders, as you teach them the Dhamma admirable in the beginning, admirable in the middle, and admirable in the end, as you expound the holy life both in its particulars and in its essence, entirely complete, surpassingly pure. In this way the holy life is lived in mutual dependence, for the purpose of crossing over the flood, for making a right end to suffering and stress. — Iti 107 Source Link
Can we co-create a dhamma economy that is wholesome in the begining, wholesome in the middle and wholesome in the end?

Also see 18,000 Children die of hunger each day, says UN. [Source] Could Basic Income Grant be a way out of the sick society? see Indymedia article by Harald Kother.

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