The World's Poorest President Speaks Out
In 2012, leaders from around the globe gathered in Brazil to discuss the world's future in the face of the worsening environmental crisis. Most of the speeches weren't memorable, until José Mujica, Uruguay's 40th president, rose to speak. "A poor person is not someone who has little, but one who needs infinitely more, and more, and more." Paraphrasing the wisdom of the great thinker Seneca, he asked the world to question the dogma of consumption that has driven us into environmental and economic crisis. Mujica was often referred to as “The world’s poorest president” during his tenure in office, due to his practice of donating 90% of his salary to charity and his decision to live on a small farm instead of in the presidential palace.
In The World’s Poorest President Speaks Out, José Mujica’s famous speech comes to life as he asks us to reflect on why we are here, and underlines the importance of finding forms of happiness that are not dependent on consumption and the endless exploitation of workers and the natural world.
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