The Politics of Meaning

Written by Rabbi Michael Lerner

Rabbi Michael Lerner sees the malaise and consumerism that characterizes present American politics as a result of a lack of meaning to our lives.  Community, caring and compassion have been replaced by materialism, promoted by a capitalistic system that holds the bottom line as the highest value.  If we saw a higher purpose for our lives than accumulating more stuff, we would demand a politic that would be consonant with the values of the world's wisdom teaching--then our lives and governances would be fulfilling and meaningful.  Rabbi Lerner and the Dalai Lama, coming from different traditions, agree. (See Beyond Religion by the Dalia Lama).

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