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Are we too Materialistic?

Are we too Materialistic?

it doesn’t seem to make sense to suggest that there might be such a thing as good materialism. After all isn’t materialism just plain bad always? It can seem as if we’re faced with a stark choice. Either you can be materialistic and that means obsessed with money and possessions shallow and selfish, or you can reject materialism be good and focus on more important matters of the Spirit. But in truth most of us are in our hearts stuck…

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Part 4 • Karen Armstrong Interview on Ethics & Problems Today of Achieving Religious Literacy

Part 4 • Karen Armstrong Interview on Ethics & Problems Today of Achieving Religious Literacy

Sahil Badruddin: On various occasions, you’ve said that religions share similar core values and ethics and humanity, in general, shares the same desires and worries. In this spirit, do you think it would be productive — so, that we as a humanity can come together — if humanity was to explicitly lay out a consensus of these shared values as a sort of universal code of ethics? Dr. Karen Armstrong: Yes, I think that would be great, and there have…

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Part 6 • Karen Armstrong Interview on Religious Institutions & Her Personal Journey/Search

Part 6 • Karen Armstrong Interview on Religious Institutions & Her Personal Journey/Search

Sahil Badruddin: You’ve often also shared that religious institutions don’t always display the full spectrum, understanding, and values inherent in a religious tradition. I also mean, like, people have a difficult time separating religious institutions from the religion itself— Dr. Karen Armstrong: Yes. SB: —And this leads to people becoming non-affiliated, non-religious, sometimes not quite an atheist or agnostic but believing in spirituality, in some form of a divine– in America, that’s around 27% total, and if you’re actually under…

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Part 3 • Karen Armstrong Interview on The Charter for Compassion Moving Forward

Part 3 • Karen Armstrong Interview on The Charter for Compassion Moving Forward

Sahil Badruddin: Going back to the Charter for Compassion, which has over two million signatories, what’s currently happening with it, and what are your future plans for it? Dr. Karen Armstrong: We’re coming to a turning point now because Joan Brown Campbell who has managed it for years, she’s retiring now, she’s 87. I’m hoping– we’ve got a whole new Board of Trustees. Some of them I’m happy to say, a lot younger than I am. And I should be…

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Part 7 • Karen Armstrong Interview on Her Vision for the Future

Part 7 • Karen Armstrong Interview on Her Vision for the Future

SB: You’ve spoken about your vision for compassion, could you name a specific objective, perhaps you see the world can achieve let’s say in 25 years? Then what insights and suggestions would you offer that might address and achieve this vision, within the time frame of 25 years? Dr. Armstrong: Well, what I suppose I’d like to see happening would be a “trans-world tunnel of people” who come together periodically which is quite easy to do now with modern electronics…

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Full • Karen Armstrong Interview on the State of Our World Today for The.Ismaili

Full • Karen Armstrong Interview on the State of Our World Today for The.Ismaili

Sahil Badruddin: The Golden Rule to treat others as we wish to be treated ourselves, you’ve often mentioned is the foundation of the virtue of compassion. Dr. Karen Armstrong: Yes. SB: While easier said than done, it’s actually a very difficult commitment. In a way— Dr. Armstrong: It is. SB: —it requires a constant daily struggle and a great deal of humility. Could you speak about the Golden Rule, compassion, and the power they have to create a peaceful global…

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Part 2 • Karen Armstrong Interview on Materialism, Nationalism & Tribalism Impacting Our Compassion

Part 2 • Karen Armstrong Interview on Materialism, Nationalism & Tribalism Impacting Our Compassion

Sahil Badruddin: In the current climate we’re seeing, as you mentioned, less humility, less openness to other perspectives, instead people are becoming more convinced of the rectitude of their own views— Dr. Karen Armstrong: Yes. SB: —in a sense, we’re seeing more tribalistic and nationalistic tendencies. Dr. Armstrong: Yes, we are seeing the disease of nationalism at the moment, and ethnicity at the moment. It’s almost– you see what we’ve created is a global market, where we are, actually whether…

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The German Ideology: Volume I, Chapter 1, Part C

The German Ideology: Volume I, Chapter 1, Part C

Karl Marx the German ideology part i fewer buck opposition of the materialist and idealist outlook see the real basis of ideology division of labor town and country one from the first there follows the premise of a highly developed division of labor and an extensive commerce from the second the locality in the first case the individuals must be brought together in the second they find themselves alongside the given instrument of production as instruments of production themselves here…

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