Buddhist Auxology

March 21, 2021 By arne hendriks Off

Buddhist auxology is the not-yet-existing study of all aspects of human physical growth from the perspective of the desire to be as small as possible. It would be a multi-disciplinary science involving health sciences/medicine, nutrition science, genetics, anthropology, anthropology, anthropometry, ergonomics, history, economic history, sociology, public health, and psychology, among others. Buddhist economic theory considers it a sign of elegance when needs are fulfilled with as little resources as possible. An increase in human size is quite the opposite from elegant.

Although the larger human body requires more, it is not more human. Perhaps one might even argue that, pound for pound, larger humans are less human since their human essence is diluted in more flesh. Human essence and elegance is sacrificed in order to maintain the ever more demanding biological presence of the larger body. Its increasing needs degrade and transgress our humanness while at the same time degrading and transgressing our environment. In order to become more human again, to concentrate as much human essence in as little human flesh as possible, buddhist auxology investigates how to shrink towards abundance.