Jose Mujica is a rare leader in this world, one of the emerging dissidents calling for a total overhaul of the economic doomsday machine . . . and a renewed revolution of values. Consumerism is the death of happiness he says, and the path to real life is paved, not opulence and market success, but in humble frugality and caring for one another. To this end he donates 90% of his presidential salary to charity, lives in a simple rancher – not in the presidential palace – and refuses to have bodyguards. simple rancher. Here he is speaking about his beliefs in an Al Jazeera interview:
At last we’re in Winter. It’s the year 2047. A worn scrapbook from the future arrives in your lap. It offers a stunning global vision, a warning to the next generations, a repository of practical wisdom, and an invaluable roadmap which you need to navigate the dark times, and the opportunities, which lie ahead.