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    Greed for more and more:

    http://uk.geocities.com/plimfix/consume.html

    Consumerism is arguably one of the defining features of societies in the global North. It is also one of the monuments to international social injustice. Environmentalists point to the impact of these high levels of consumption on ecosystems; human rights campaigners draw attention to the treatment of workers who produce goods for wealthier consumers, particularly the millions of sweatshop labourers living in the global South; whilst anti-consumers are deeply troubled by people's dependency on buying goods and services to feel good about themselves. Yet whatever the impact of shopoholic culture on the environment, on workers rights, and even on the human spirit, how can we continue to justify 20% of the world's population consuming over 70% of its material resources, when one child dies every three seconds from hunger and hunger-related diseases?

    Supporters of consumerism argue economic growth is the only solution to world poverty. They claim impoverished nations and individuals will eventually attain a standard of living similar to those of wealtheir nations through wealth creation. The evidence so far suggests otherwise - the targets the world has set to reduce poverty have not been met. Indeed, the global South is currently experiencing an unprecedented increase in urban poverty. The answer is not in greed for more and more: the construction of a new order is now required. A global society in which human beings are defined not by what they own, or indeed by the social standing associated with wealth, but rather by their piety and knowledge; one where human happiness is not dependent on the act of material acquisition, but is realized through learning, compassion and the proliferation of social justice. In the Name of Allah - this is the path to Islam.
    [COLOR=darkgreen]With it will be (given) a mixture of Tasneem:
    A spring, from (the waters) whereof drink those Nearest to Allah.[/COLOR]

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    Re: Consumerism

    Originally posted by Yakoub38
    Greed for more and more:

    http://uk.geocities.com/plimfix/consume.html

    Consumerism is arguably one of the defining features of societies in the global North. It is also one of the monuments to international social injustice. Environmentalists point to the impact of these high levels of consumption on ecosystems; human rights campaigners draw attention to the treatment of workers who produce goods for wealthier consumers, particularly the millions of sweatshop labourers living in the global South; whilst anti-consumers are deeply troubled by people's dependency on buying goods and services to feel good about themselves. Yet whatever the impact of shopoholic culture on the environment, on workers rights, and even on the human spirit, how can we continue to justify 20% of the world's population consuming over 70% of its material resources, when one child dies every three seconds from hunger and hunger-related diseases?

    Supporters of consumerism argue economic growth is the only solution to world poverty. They claim impoverished nations and individuals will eventually attain a standard of living similar to those of wealtheir nations through wealth creation. The evidence so far suggests otherwise - the targets the world has set to reduce poverty have not been met. Indeed, the global South is currently experiencing an unprecedented increase in urban poverty. The answer is not in greed for more and more: the construction of a new order is now required. A global society in which human beings are defined not by what they own, or indeed by the social standing associated with wealth, but rather by their piety and knowledge; one where human happiness is not dependent on the act of material acquisition, but is realized through learning, compassion and the proliferation of social justice. In the Name of Allah - this is the path to Islam.
    :up:

    Buy buy buy buy, be happy happy happy.

    Sure, You'll be happy some time, then unhappy, and then comes buy buy buy, happy happy happy.

    The only eternal happinies a person can find is the Truth and the porpise of creation. This is what the fitrat (natural essence) of person wants.

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