My own story is that I spent 6 months living at a Burmese Monastery in India, and then two winters in Thailand living on anti-capitalist communes with the fundamentalist Buddhist group Santi Asoke (comics about that here). I learned how capitalism centers profit and extracting profit produces negative karma. Buddhist economics provided a big enough crack, an approachable opening, for taking on the whole of capitalist culture, and I began to question everything from consumerism to vocation.
Because I was politicized through the lens of Buddhist Economics, it felt natural to draw from Buddhist frameworks to understand my own experience of class and wealth. And as I learned more about the parable through Adam—it’s not a literal progression but a description of learning, growing, and unraveling that we move through—it became clear that this zine would provide a valuable framework for continuously engaging with privilege.
Adam is an extremely gifted writer (you’re seen his work in this space before) and it was a joy to work with him as he wove a narrative that was both sharp and sweet. This zine tells the story of inheriting wealth with specific heart-breaking details and broad openings, and calls on inheritors to see where they are in the process of being accountable with their wealth and participating in social justice movements.