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* Spanish manuscript *
Latin-American philosophy about living well
‘What we’re unable to tolerate is that a small part of humankind has a good life at the expense of the majority, while people are being sacrificed and nature is being destroyed.’ – ALBERTO ACOSTA
Ecuador, one of the smallest countries in South America, offers a philosophy of global significance. It relates to human rights and an equal distribution of wealth, but also the rights of nature. Acosta, former Minister of Energy and Mining, is known for his Yasuni project, which involves forgoing oil extraction and leaving it in the ground instead. Buen Vivir inspires us to think about our relationship with nature and each other, and about political forms of governance. Living well is more than dolce vita.
PRAISE FOR BUEN VIVIR:
‘Acosta shows that the Sumak Kwsay [good living in Quechua] is not an exotic or unprecedented concept. On the contrary, it is part of a much broader issue, of a conversation of humanity in which intellectuals and social movements of the North, the South, the West and the East participate alike.’ – BOAVENTURA DE SOUSA SANTOS