Enough Is Plenty
Examines the philosophy of enough, placing people and planet above money and state.
What would it be like if we put human and planetary well being at the centre of all our decision making? Enough Is Plenty is the basis of a rewarding contemporary answer to that question.
This book explores:
• 'enough' as an intrinsically moral and ecological philosophy, which can help provide a vision for positive futures
• practical public policies of enough (carbon quotas, citizens’ income and intelligent agriculture), which could improve quality of life for all people on earth, and save the planet
• how each reader can restore and build up personal resources for enough that already exist within us all
Enough is an ancient ‘master concept’, which today finds renewed and updated expression in a variety of proposals for transition to a better world. Each of us has an innate sense of enough; everybody can play a part in the movement of enough and at the same time improve daily well being.
This book is a unique blend of ideas, practice and resources, integrating philosophy, morality, ecology, spirituality, self-help, citizenship, leadership, economics and politics.
Replace the West's idolatrous canonisation of greed with the dignified sufficiency of enough. ~ Alastair McIntosh, Author of Rekindling Community
Its well worth reading the book for the concepts it offers. Even if you dont entirely agree with Ryans vision, the debate matters, as does the possibility of finding value, and cultural direction that isnt entirely about the insanity of trying to do infinite growth based on finite resources~ Bryn Colvin, The Druid Network
The title exactly describes the content of this stimulating book.~ Network Review
Enough is Plenty is a profound groundbreaking work of transformative learning. Anne B. Ryan has accomplished a work that explores, in depth and range, the importance of understanding of what Enough means in a local as well as a global perspective. She links ecological sustainability with pressing concerns around issues of social justice. The scholarship demonstrated in this work combines disciplined understanding with practical concerns about life styles and quality of life, giving the reader a truly enriched perspective on how to live in the 21st Century.~ Edmund O'Sullivan, Professor Emeritus, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, author of Transformative Learning: Educational Vision for the 21st Century
A most thorough and readable analysis of why enough is plenty. ~ John Madeley, Author of Big Business, Poor Peoples, 50 Reasons to Buy Fair Trade, and 100 Ways to Make Poverty History
Mick Jagger had a song that went, "I can't get no satisfaction ... though I try, and I try, and I try." That says it all, for none are less contented than they who thirst even as their cup overflows. In Enough is Plenty Anne B Ryan sets out pathways to replace the West's idolatrous canonisation of greed with the dignified sufficiency of enough. It's a message the world needs urgently, as the non-indigenous Celtic Tiger leaps up and bites the hand that reared it on the never-never. ~ Alastair McIntosh, Author of Rekindling Community, , Soil and Soul and Hell and High Water
In future, the global economy will shrink rather than grow. There will be less of everything to go around. For anyone who wants to think through some of the changes in systems and values that will be required to maintain our humanity during this contraction, Enough is Plenty is an excellent start. ~ Richard Douthwaite, Founder member, Feasta: the Foundation for the Economics of Sustainability; author of The Growth Illusion, Short Circuit and The Ecology of Money. www.feasta.org