What kind of wellness and world are you creating with every dollar you spend?
Being an Empathetic Economist means you are driven to do better for you, and for your community. It is the rare person who sees that an organic apple is not only better for themselves, but also for our soil, water, air, and the people growing the apple. We tend to think about one thing or category at a time … it is like seeing the individual puzzle pieces rather than the completed puzzle … the big picture. When you discover and embrace your spiritual wellness, you will see the bigger picture and have an understanding of the interconnectedness of who you are and what you do.
We believe that a radically different economy is needed, and it begins with the power in your wallet. Every dollar that you spend is a vote for the kind of world you want, and ultimately for our collective, and your individual health and wellness.
Does what you buy really make a difference? Yes, it absolutely makes a difference. Everything you buy matters … for you, and for every generation that follows.
Your purchases should express empathy, wellness, kindness, delight, comfort, protest, celebration, change, joy, sharing and caring. Your purchases should never enslave, undermine, exploit, erode, marginalize or compromise anything.
Before buying anything, consider these Conscious Consumer questions:
What is it made of? (the materials or ingredients)
Who made it and where? (how are they treated?)
How far did it travel to get to you? (how big is its footprint?)
What is it packaged in? (and where does that packaging go?)
Who am I buying it from? (and what do they support?)
Is it necessary? (is it a need or a want, does it serve a purpose?)
How does it affect all eight dimensions of your wellness? (short and long term)
Grasp this: If you stop buying crap, then the makers will stop making crap.
If you buy better and healthier, then the makers will make things that are better and healthier. If you feel badly about your purchases, then do not make them. If you feel good, then it is good. Vote with every dollar you spend. Simple economics … Empathy Economics.