Great news to start off the week - NYC’s politicians are getting excited about the possibilities of urban greening.
Martha Nussbaum’s essay on why we should all adopt a cosmopolitan view of the world - the view posits that we are citizens of the world, first and foremost, and then citizens of our respective communities. It is wonderful.
My professor suggested I look into the Dalai Lama’s book, Ethics for a New Millennium, as part of my research. (Study guide from the Dalai Lama Foundation here.)
I’m very interested in reading this book because it takes Buddhist concepts (such as interdependence of all living things) and applies them to current events. As a practicing Buddhist, I think that this will provide a comprehensive view of how to care for one another in the 21st century. I’ll also be reading A New Humanism by Daisaku Ikeda, President of lay organization Soka Gakkai International.
I am excited at having discovered Wikimedia Commons. Grand Canyon!
At the age of six I wanted to be a cook. At seven I wanted to be Napoleon. And my ambition has been growing steadily ever since. - Salvador Dali
The Earth Institute just published the world’s first Happiness Report (Fast Company summary here)– yes. It was commissioned by United Nations Conference on Happiness, and used a series of qualitative indicators to measure a number of factors that determine happiness.
I saw Jeffrey Sachs speak a few weeks ago, and apparently he has been getting inspired by both Buddhism and Bhutan’s ‘Gross National Happiness’ Index as ways to measure value in a post-material sense. I’m excited for what other forms of research this will inspire in IR/Development studies.