Living Well Reaches Cabinet Level Post in Ecuador
|March 19, 2014||Posted by Staff under Politics|
This 2014 excerpt of Corporate Social Responsibility Newswire, Mar 5, is by John Perkins.
Freddy Elhers is Minister of the newly formed cabinet position in Ecuador known as Buen Vivir (literally Good Living).
Freddy’s closing talk on the opening day of the Human Resources Summit in Istanbul for 2,000 corporate executives from all over the world was the “bookend” for my opening keynote in the morning. He talked about how Ecuador is the first country to have a Ministry of Buen Vivir, a ministry that guides all the other branches of government.
The recently revised Ecuadorian Constitution reads:
“We … hereby decide to build a new form of public coexistence, in diversity and in harmony with nature, to achieve the good way of living.”
Freddy Elhers likes to point out that “the pursuit of happiness” is embedded in the most sacred document of the United Sates. We the People can get back to those unalienable rights that our founders fought so hard to insure: “that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
We’re all living on this tiny, fragile space station. It’s time to collectively choose Buen Vivir and to make this the time to get back our freedoms – in fact to attain more freedom than humankind has ever before experienced, the freedom to enjoy true prosperity, good living.
Ed. Notes: Progressive, ethical politics is one thing but it needs progressive, ethical economics to support it. Otherwise, it’s just nice sounding words on paper. OTOH, any place that uses geonomics could probably almost forget about politics altogether.