The Pearcing Truth-Season 1 Episode 2
Written by MikeChurch on 09/11/2017
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Joseph Pearce’s Pearcing Truth debuts our series based upon his book Small Is Still beautiful, welcome to Episode 2!
SMALL IS BEAUTIFUL READING I FOR THIS WEEK
READING 1 – “The real issue—or, to be more precise, the issue that I regard as dominant today—is whether we are ready seriously to recognize that the collective pursuit of economic growth, which depends, in the main, on scientific advance and technological progress, has be-gun to have complex and far-reaching consequences both on the biosphere and on the “sociosphere,” con-sequences that are by no means entirely benign. They demand the most searching study and surmise. For it is now reasonable to believe that, despite the abundance of man-made goods produced by continued economic growth, its net effect on human health and happiness could be adverse and possibly disastrous.” – E.J. Michand
WELCOME TO THIS EDITION OF THE PEARCING TRUTH WITH JOSPEH PEARCE. A WORLD OF SMALLNESS, SOLIDARITY AND SUBSIDIARITY AWAITS THOSE WITH THE COURAGE TO ADMIT THAT ALL ECONOMICS CONCERN THE FAMILY AND MUST BE REDUCED TO THEIR PROPER SCALE! TO LEARN HOW THAT WORKED IN THE PAST AND HOW TO RESTORE IT TODAY, HERE IS YOUR DISTRIBUTIST HEADMASTER, JOSEPH PEARCE.
On today’s Pearcing Truth show & classroom, we’ll review and discuss chapter two and three of small is still beautiful, economic s as if families mattered. Beginning with The Birth of Big and then exposing the allegedly all-important yet irrelevant statistic that GDP and GNP has become. I mean, you’ve never been at the dinner table and heard your dad say, “pass the GDP, please” have you?
ERRATA: The English term ‘Economics’ is derived from the Greek word ‘Oikonomia’ and means ‘household management’. Economics was first read in ancient Greece. Aristotle, the Greek Philosopher termed Economics as a science of ‘household management’. With the advance and progress of civilization, economic conditions changed and so did the definition of oikonomia and economics was born. This also caused the definition of Economics to change and by the time Adam Smith had written Wealth of Nations, economics dealt almost exclusively with material goods and no longer with the good of the family. (http://www.archipelwillemspark.nl/www_engels/?p=16434)
This week’s The Good, The True, The Beautiful and the Small, Challenge.
Hello Lilliputian Lovers!
I am small, but I am still beautiful, can you guess what I am?
I’m not square but I’m not a ball either but I am round.
I’m made of metal but sometimes made of wood or china too. Regardless of what I’m made of, I’m always holy.
If my usefulness doesn’t Pan out, I can still be used as a great gift!
Siskel and Ebert both liked me cause I kept them from throbbing.
OK challengers, can you guess what I am?
Put your in-scale thinking caps on and see if you can solve this week’s the Good, the True, the Beautiful and the small, puzzle. If you think you know the answer to, be the first to answer correctly by writing to: [email protected] Be sure to include your full name and your shipping address. Each week’s winner receives an autographed copy of Joseph Pearce’s small is still beautiful book.
Another brief but beautiful reading inspired by small is still beautiful. “The modern economy therefore constantly moves between boom and bust because of the way the money system works. There are very few periods in which there is a happy medium, an in-between. In the booms, the economy enters a virtuous circle with borrowing leading to more profits and therefore more borrowing. The only danger is inflation. In the busts, cuts lead to further cuts and a vicious spiral down.
Because it is so difficult to get an economy out of a depression, governments will do almost anything to keep the economy growing, regardless of the damage that this mightdo to the environment, or through, perhaps, changes in the distribution of income, to society. As the former British Prime Minister, Edward Heath, once said ‘the alternative to expansion is not an England of quiet market towns linked only by trains puffing slowly and peacefully through green meadows. The alternative is slums, dangerous roads, old factories, cramped schools, and stunted lives.’” – Richard Douthwaite, Three Key Steps to Sustainability ( http://www.aarde.org/pdf/3steps.pdf )