At the heart of the Prout philosophy is the idea of the inherent unity of all life and the spiritual essence at the core of all beings. Humans are physical, mental and spiritual beings. Political and economic planning must therefore acknowledge these three dimensions of life.
Sustainability has been a buzzword for the last few decades, but the present ecological crisis demonstrates that it is impossible to achieve sustainability within the capitalist framework that puts profit before people and planet. Prout is based on respect for all living beings, as well as the entire inanimate world.
Capitalism allows the majority of wealth to remain in the hands of a small number of powerful individuals and corporations. In order to create greater economic equity, Prout proposes that each society decides upon a limit on the over-accumulation of wealth.
All able adults should have access to jobs with decent wages in order to meet their basic needs and support their ongoing development. According to Prout, employment, rather than welfare, is the way to raise the standard of living and build local economy.