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Compa ssionate Integrit y Tr a ining A S e cu l a r Ethic s A ppr oac h to C ulti vat ing Pe rs on al, S o ci al and E n vir on me n tal F lo u r i shing the entire system is essential if we are to cultivate mistrust, deceit, fraud, corruption, and the financial compassionate integrity. When considering “how much and human costs created by prisons, security forces, is enough,” this is not something that someone else can armaments and war. If people in our societies engaged dictate to us; it is something we come to decide for in life with a stronger commitment to basic human ourselves, using our discernment and our awareness of values, we would find each other more trustworthy, the system. As Gandhi said, “The world has enough for cooperate more, and engage in less conflict and corrup- the needs of all people. But it does not have enough for tion. The result would be a society with far greater the greed of even one person.” Far from diminishing our productivity and higher material and psychological happiness, having a reasonable sense of measure in our well-being. Even better, such economic growth and life increases our gratitude, our connection with others prosperity would not come at the cost of impoverishing and our well-being. It frees us from the hedonic treadmill others or our environment. and leads to greater generosity and sharing in our lives, For example, the Institute for Economics and Peace which has been shown to lead to greater happiness and publishes an annual report (The Global Peace Index) well-being. that details the economic costs of violence as measured against the world GDP. For the last two years, the economic costs of violence and violence containment Bringing Basic Human Values Into Decisions The most important step in discernment is to remember to bring the values that were discussed in the previous This represents money, resources and lost lives usurped it to drive our creative action to bring about a better from enjoying life’s opportunities and building sustainable world for ourselves and others. In the United States, peace in the world. The analysis is based on a systems economists often want to see GDP growth in excess of 3%. If GDP is growing by more than 3%, then the economy is doing well; if not, it is doing poorly. Yet GDP growth domains is what is called the “multiplier effect” – well-being. If we understand, for example, that part of resources devoted to violence tend to multiply and GDP is the money that fuels prisons, war, and tobacco strengthen the structures of violence and consume production, then it may be that a 3% growth in GDP is actually a bad thing. Economic growth is not inherently promote secular ethics. This is because the greatest costs to our economy come from things like violence, components not just of violence production and sustainable peace in the world. What is clear in both a better place, with more sustainable harmony and economy to truly thrive, the best thing we can do is perspective that also takes into account identifiable containment, but also system components of building is a poor indicator of whether we are making the world In fact, analysis may reveal to us that if we want our respectively. This averages to about 13 trillion dollars of the world’s annual economic activity for those years. skills to the forefront of our decision making and allow a good; like all materials things, it is a means to an end. comprise about 13.3% and 12.6% of the world GDP more resources to that end, while resources devoted to structures of peace, such as for education, healthcare, economic development and democratic institutions, tend to exponentially multiply potential for human flourishing and well-being. This report illustrates empirically how we are allowing and actually allocating absurd, and arguably Ce n t e r for Compa s sion , I nteg r i t y and S e cu l ar E t hics | L ife Uni ve rsi t y | M ar ie t ta, G e or g i a - 140 -