Right Livelihood: The Price for Outstanding Vision and Work on Behalf of our Planet and its People

Right Livelihood is one of the Buddhist precepts outlined in the Noble Eightfold Path. This precept involves the notion that we should have only what is necessary for our survival.  Also, we should engage in activities that cause no harm to other beings and nature.  Living with compassion and kindness is the idea in the core right livelihood.  Most probably, inspired by the Noble Eightfold Path,  Jakob von Uexkull (1944) created the Right Livelihood Award:


“The idea of ‘right livelihood’ is an ancient one. It embodies the principle that each person should follow an honest occupation which fully respects other people and the natural world. It means being responsible for the consequences of our actions and taking only a fair share of the earth’s resources.

“In every generation, there are groups of people and individuals around the globe who valiantly uphold these principles of right livelihood. They should be the stars in our human cosmos, but their work often entails personal sacrifice, being opposed by powerful forces around them.

The Right Livelihood Award was established in 1980 to honour and support such people. It has become widely known as the ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’ and there are now over 100 laureates from 48 countries.

This Award exists to strengthen the positive social forces that its recipients represent and to provide the support and inspiration needed to make them a model for the future. It has been said that if the Nobel Prizes reflected world concerns of the 20th century, the Right Livelihood Award should reflect those of the 21st.” https://www.rightlivelihoodaward.org/

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Erica Georgiades MRes Religious Experience (Candidate) UWTSD; PgD (Merit) Ancient Mediterranean Religions UWTSD; BA (Honours) in Philosophy and Psychological Studies (Open). Erica is the Editor of the FOTA Newsletter, a researcher on Theosophical History; secretary of the International Theosophical History Conference since 2018. She is the Director of the European School of Theosophy since 2016; and a member of the Theosophical Society since 1991. Recently she started practising archery where she lives, in Athens, Greece. She is also a deep ecologist, animal-rights activist, pro-non-human animals personhood.

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