One of the books that has most profoundly influenced the way I think is E. F. Schumacher’s Small is Beautiful: A Study of Economics as if People Mattered.
In the midst of overlapping and intersecting crises — of health, governance, ecology, economy, and more — the central question is, Are we big enough and strong enough to care for the least of these? Could we possibly be?
The end of Schumacher’s title has been ringing in my head for months as a rule of thumb for how we might spend our money and cast our votes as we seek a way out of this crisis: is this person, this company, this product, this idea acting as if people matter?
If not, how might we find, create, or insist on an alternative?