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A moral compass for a new economy,
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This review is from: Rediscovering Values: On Wall Street, Main Street, and Your Street: A Moral Compass for the New Economy (Hardcover)
This is a book that urges us to learn from the 2008-2010 economic and financial crisis (what Wallis calls the Great Recession), to build a better economy for the future based more on ancient spiritual values, on sustainability, love for the planet, simpler living, than on the current poor values of greed, immediacy and selfishness - "I want it now and it's all about me." Wallis draws on Christian, Jewish and Muslim ancient traditions to make his point, alongside plenty of data and accompanying stories for illustration. What he exposes about the ways we live compared with so many who are far less fortunate should not only alarm us, but should strike at the very heart of our conscience.
Written for the American market, the message is just as pertinent for the UK if you don't mind the data and stories being obviously more American biased - I have to say that does not bother me; the message is still clear and it does no harm to see it in a broader geographical context.
Now, Wallis insists, is an opportunity to build a better economy, one that is for the "common good." Because there is enough for us all, Wallis assures us, if we share, but to do so and to see real result there has to be a change of heart and mind for us all. And he calls for a greater spiritual awareness and for all faiths and churches to bear responsibility for working towards social justice across the world.
The book usefully concludes with what Wallis calls 20 moral exercises; practical "to do" lists relevant for us all. And his assistant Tim King leaves an epilogue of hope, where he observes some of these values already being lived by the young, and writes of his own hope that good values he learnt from his grandparents will be passed down to the next generation.
The book may not be comfortable reading for some, but it is up to us all to learn from books such as this, to consider very carefully the values we should endorse, and to make similar undertakings to truly live them and pass them down, if we really want to build a better world for all, not just for a privileged few.
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