I grew up Catholic, but left Catholicism behind me when I began reading widely, learning Buddhist meditation, and taking philosophy and literature more seriously, as a young man. That said, as I’ve grow older, I can recognize a lot of value in the Catholic worldview, even if its theology may disagree with me.

“Cathonomics" is one area where we can agree, if this includes the common good, integral human development, integral ecology, and solidarity among its principles.

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"[T]he common good is the good of our shared social endeavors that transcends the good of each individual and can’t be divided into the individual goods that make it up. It’s basically the idea that the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. We are bound together and community, tied to each other intimately. And that includes the economic sphere."

"How about this concept of integral human development?”

"It’s very simply the good of the whole person and each person. So each person means you can’t exclude anybody from the common good. But the whole person means you want the development of all people across all dimensions of human flourishing."

And here is perhaps my favorite:

The Universal Destination of Goods.

"The universal destination of goods is an overriding principle in Catholic social teaching, as it relates to economic ethics, and basically says that the goods of the Earth belong to everybody, without exclusion, without exception, not just to the rich."

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