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Interesting concept--this might also be seen as a compassion-based society.  Compassion in the sense of a mother caring for her child and the reciprocity in families, with the same problems of idealization--it can't work unless all the people feel a part of the whole community, and contributors and recipients of generosity and reciprocity.  Is this not the idea or the economic "system" of the beggar monks?  I guess they do fairly well as beggars, but it may be asking a lot of the rest of us to submit to a life of begging and generosity.  Does there then have to be a place of "commons," where the resources of forest, river, grazing land, etc. are available to any who has the wherewithal to exploit?  There has to be the fear that someone will be left out, or ignored in their time of need.  Not that that doesn't happen with the present system.  Anyway, you've given me something to think about today.
by jjellin on Sat Mar 1st, 2008 at 10:26:46 AM EST
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