Monday, October 11, 2010

Energy Bulletin: The concept of “Living Well” - a Bolivian viewpoint
by Bolivia delegation at the UN

Living Well is contrary to capitalist development and goes beyond socialism. For capitalism, what matters the most is money, making a profit. For socialism, what matters the most is the man, because socialism tries to meet the increasingly growing needs of man, both material and spiritual.

Within the Living Well framework, what matters the most is neither man nor money; what matters the most is life. But capitalism does not care about life, and the two development models, the capitalist and the socialist, need rapid economic growth, causing a dissipation of energy and an insatiable use of fossil fuels to boost growth.

I can't see much that is objectionable, other than this part, and this is only a minor quibble: life is not the ultimate good, though physical life and its material necessities are important. (Fundamental components? Necessary conditions? for the common good.)


More: "Living Well" in Harmony with the Environment
By Franz Chávez
'Living well' as an alternative to limitless growth
BOLIVIA: "Living Well" in Harmony with the Environment
“Living Well” in Bolivia
Civilization in Crisis and Living Well: Vivir Bien

Indigenous Peoples' Declaration

Still, if those who advance Living Well define their ethical system in opposition to Christianity, then from what spirit does it derive? From earlier this year:

VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - MAY 17: President of Bolivia Evo Morales arrives at Vatican for a meeting with Pope Benedict XVI on May 17, 2010 in Vatican City, Vatican. President Morales claimed he wished to speak to the Pope about climate change. Bolivia has recently removed Catholicism as its official religion and has declared itself a secular state.

VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - MAY 17: Pope Benedict XVI meets President of Bolivia Evo Morales at the Vatican Library on May 17, 2010 in Vatican City, Vatican. President Morales claimed he wished to speak to the Pope about climate change. Bolivia has recently removed Catholicism as its official religion and has declared itself a secular state. (Getty/Daylife)

VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - MAY 17: Pope Benedict XVI poses with President of Bolivia Evo Morales at the Vatican Library on May 17, 2010 in Vatican City, Vatican. President Morales claimed he wished to speak to the Pope about climate change. Bolivia has recently removed Catholicism as its official religion and has declared itself a secular state.

VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - MAY 17: Pope Benedict XVI poses with President of Bolivia Evo Morales and his delegation at the Vatican Library on May 17, 2010 in Vatican City, Vatican. President Morales claimed he wished to speak to the Pope about climate change. Bolivia has recently removed Catholicism as its official religion and has declared itself a secular state. (Getty/Daylife)

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