Satish Kumar on Christmas
Wednesday, 20 December 2006 04:50
Thanks to Sally McKinnon at Ethos Foundation for pointing me at this.
In his November/December 2006 Resurgence editorial "A Far Cry from Christmas" Satish Kumar suggests that as Christmas approaches we are continue to see rampant consumption and little spirit, peace or relationship. Satish writes:
"By all means let us replace fossil fuel with bio-fuel where appropriate, but we have to do more than that - we have to replace our quantitative consumerism with a qualitative lifestyle. We need to move away from more and global to less and local; from accumulation of unnecessary clutter to enjoyment of the good things in life like art, music, friendship and free time. We need to shift from waste to frugality, from consuming to making, from illusion to imagination, from desire to delight and from consumption of natural resources to an appreciation of the natural world. If we do that then Christmas will again be an occasion of great celebration rather than an excuse for more consumption. And then again the secular and the sacred, the material and the spiritual will be recognised as being two sides of the same coin."
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