One of the many insights of Goswami is that, to quote a teaching from the Bhagavad Gita, those who want
to help the paradigm shift we're now undergoing need to commit to positive activism,
or Right Action, without being attached to any specific outcome. In the words
of another spiritual teaching, Reiki, one learns to ask for "this or something better
for all." It's humbling but important to realize that as individuals we don't always -- or even very often --
know what's really best in any given situation. And as a shaman friend recently said, "Our expectations can have
limiting effects on the outcome."
isn't afraid to go where the angels of liberal apologism fear to tread. He calls for "spiritual economics" to
replace capitalism and denounces our much-ballyhooed higher education system as job training
instead of meaning processing; this latter should be, in his opinion, one of the main
purposes and goals of life. (As an admittedly cynical aside, the phrase "economic
democracy" is more likely to replace capitalism than anything with the word spiritual in it.)
But still, Goswami deserves credit for taking on one of the major shibboleths
of our time, the grossly misquoted and misunderstood Adam Smith. "One major
shortcoming of Adam Smith's capitalist economics is the ignoring of people's needs."
How refreshing to read someone who ranks
a non-working mother or the need for leisure time as a higher need! The corporate
state only values us as so many cogs in the wheel of commerce; in distinct contrast to corporations' supposed and utterly
absurd claims to personhood, it cares nothing about ours.
While a visionary, Goswami asks himself and the reader all the right questions,
such as, "Can spiritual economics solve capitalism's current problems?" He
points out the obvious downsides to a materialist world-view in a finite world. Infinite
expansion and use of natural resources simply isn't possible, to believe otherwise is delusional. In addition,
materialist expansion produces massive environmental pollution. "Many environmentalists
think that global warming has already reached doomsday criticality." But
in spiritual economics, material consumption is reduced -- because people have other
means to satisfy their needs for happiness -- "thus automatically reducing environmental pollution."