The Community issued a statement for the UN Commission on Sustainable Development’
The document, entitled Rethinking Prosperity: Forging Alternatives to a Culture of Consumerism, challenges the view that there is an intractable conflict between what people want – which supposedly is to consume more – and what humanity needs.
It says: “The culture of consumerism … has tended to reduce human beings to competitive, insatiable consumers of goods and to objects of manipulation by the market.
“[But] the human experience is essentially spiritual in nature: it is rooted in the inner reality – or what some call the ’soul’ – that we all share in common.”
West Berkshire Baha’i Shawn Khorassani said: “This document is a welcome and timely reminder about the issue of consumerism. It encourages us to reflect on the question of who we are and what our purpose in life is.”
For more details about the Bahá'í Faith in West Berkshire, please call the West Berkshire’s Bahá'í Community on 07964 676461 or check out http://tvbahai.wordpress.com/
You can read the statement at http://bic.org/
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West Berkshire Bahá'i Community and Thames Valley Bahá'i Community meet regularly to discuss Bahá'i teachings and beliefs. The Bahá'i faith is an independent world religion. Its principles include: equality of women and men and universal education.