The paradigm of scarcity

“ … materialism leads us to lose awareness of our inner life, which is bad enough; but to be hypnotised by our own feelings and forget about others and the world around us is worse. By living in awareness of both these worlds, we can rise above them toward the one Reality.”

“Materialism reinforces a ‘paradigm of scarcity ‘ : there is not enough to go around, so we are doomed to fight one another for ever-diminishing resources. Spiritual economics begins not from the assumed scarcity of matter but from the verifiable plenitude of consciousness … … as Gandhi put it, ‘There is enough in the world for everyone’s need, there is not enough for everyone’s greed: … … There is no scarcity of love, respect, meaning – the resources of Consciousness.”

So wrote Nagler in his Introduction to Easwaran’s Isha Upanishad.