Being Is Enough

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Being Is Enough emphasizes that America's "have all you can have" economy, which many now regard as unsustainable, is the result of our "be all you can be" culture. And our cultural imperative suggesting that humans must always be more is not only the social root of humanity's environmental crisis, but also the cause of personal stress.

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[Continuing] the excellent work begun in [his book] Insatiable is Not Sustainable, this time focusing on the stress we cause ourselves and the world around us by accepting a "have all you can have" and "be all you can be" culture…Brown brings fresh insights…and proposes specific reforms needed to democratize our economy.
— Daniel Quinn
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[Continuing] the excellent work begun in [his book] Insatiable is Not Sustainable, this time focusing on the stress we cause ourselves and the world around us by accepting a "have all you can have" and "be all you can be" culture…Brown brings fresh insights…and proposes specific reforms needed to democratize our economy.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761832683
  • Publisher: Hamilton Books
  • Publication date: 11/15/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 178
  • Product dimensions: 0.41 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 6.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Doug Brown is Professor of Economics at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. Professor Brown has been teaching courses in macro and microeconomics and comparative economic systems at NAU for twenty years after having completed his Ph.D. in Economics at Colorado State University.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Illustrations Chapter 2 Preface Chapter 3 Acknowledgments Chapter 4 Part One: You Don't Have to be More Chapter 5 Part Two: You're a Victim of the System Chapter 6 Part Three: The System is a Victim of Your Ancestors Chapter 7 Part Four: Save the World to Save Yourself Chapter 8 References Chapter 9 Index Chapter 10 About the Author

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2006

    Excellent Sustainable Philosophy

    `Being Is Enough¿ by Dr. Doug Brown is the only economics book that I finished reading in only two days. Once picked up, it¿s a difficult book to put down. Brown writes in an engaging non-technical style. In this short and very readable sequel to his `Insatiable Is Not Sustainable¿, the author confronts, from an economic perspective, the most important issue of the day, the recognition of our insatiable civilization of global proportions. I found Brown¿s approach to global issues to be especially relevant, for I believe that `economics¿ is the ultimate valuation of things in the present global civilization. So, by tackling the problem of an insatiable ¿be all you can be¿ culture from an economic perspective, Brown is taking the bull by the horns. He shows that solutions can be compatible with economic self-interest, which in our civilization, represents ¿the bottom line¿. However, we will have to revolutionize our understanding of self-interest along sustainable lines. For ecologists, sociologists, activists, and victims of globalization who oppose the economic system¿s inherent injustices will only achieve marginal success until they can demonstrate that the most reasonable economic philosophy necessitates a change in the system¿s core perception around sustainability. This thought-provoking book presents a strong argument for people to help transform the economic system of insatiability to a sustainable economy. Not only does the book provide the historical and philosophical arguments for why the system must change, but it also offers sound and genuinely workable solutions as coming from a shift in perception, the core value that `Being Is Enough¿. This perception is applicable to people at the personal, grass roots, and corporate level. Important and provocative, `Being Is Enough¿ offers a hopeful alternative to our ultimately self-destructive cultural worldview. I highly recommend this book.

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