Posted by: twotrees | April 3, 2011

A poet, an economist and Gandhi

In today’s L.A. Times is a piece by poet Henry Shukman about the aftermath of Chernobyl.   The piece brings some details into what has happened to the area around that nuclear disaster site twenty-five years later, as well as some meditations on what we are doing to ourselves.  Shukman sites E.F. Schumacher’s seminal book Small is Beautiful, which, thirty-nine years ago, asked the same questions we’re asking now – is the virtue of harnessing nuclear energy worth the potential (and likely ultimate) disaster that awaits when (not if) such situations happen.  The article reminded me to once again pick up that book and again become acquainted with the work, a quote from Gandhi from it – Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need, but not for every man’s greed.”,0,1898317.story


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