IN THIS SUMMARY
The right relationship that people must seek is “between the human economy, and the earth’s commonwealth of life,” write authors Peter G. Brown and Geoffrey Garver in Right Relationship. In the Quaker tradition, a right relationship is one that is fulfilling and fair to all and no one is left being or feeling exploited. The book argues that growth-based economics ignore the world’s life-sustaining capability in pursuit of wealth. In a theoretical whole earth economy, the capability to sustain life should be considered the wealth. Acquiring this wealth calls for a “reboot” of the world economy, which must begin with a reboot of human values. What is needed, argue the authors, is an economy that aims not for the highest wealth, but for the lowest impact.