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kerrick ([personal profile] kerrick) wrote in [community profile] gettingtoenough2009-04-27 08:30 pm

Ideas for Enoughness Studies

I posted this in my personal journal earlier today. I think it could prove interesting sometime in the future.

I want to create a field of interdisciplinary studies about the idea of Enough.

Biology of Enough: What at minimum do we need to thrive and be healthy?

Human history of Enough: How have people's "minimum needs" changed since the Agricultural Revolution?

Ecology of Enough: Ecological limits. What does the environment need at minimum? What happens when there is too much of something? not enough? How do the feedbacks play out?

Psychology of Enough: How do we decide what is enough for us as individuals? How is it that we can simultaneously feel we have too much and too little? How do we come to think we need more when all the evidence suggests we have enough or more than enough?

Sociology of Enough: Who within a given society has more than enough? Who has less? What is the effect on other people of some people having more than enough, or having less? What groups of people are really "a burden on society"?

Economy of Enough: Why does our economic system depend on fostering the idea that we don't have enough? What are some other kinds of economic system that would have different effects?

Anthropology of Enough: What do other groups of humans feel is enough for them? How do their cultures talk about material resources? How do they respond to group members or outsiders who appear to have too little, or too much?

Media of Enough: How is enough portrayed in our own culture? How is too little signified in movies, books, and other media? How is too much treated? Does this affect people's senses of themselves and their sufficiency?
I'd be interested to hear your thoughts about any of these questions.
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[personal profile] all_adream 2010-12-08 11:06 pm (UTC)(link)
I would recommend that you read, of all oddly-named books, Feng Shui and Money, by Eric Shaffert. He discusses a lot of this, and I feel he says it well.