Wealth kills the soul. Our grandparents knew that. But we’ve lost that insight nowadays. Our rigidly individualistic modern culture — unequipped to probe anything deeper than personal fortune — fails to perceive the moral hazards of wealth. Evidence of that moral hazard is abundant in psychological research, limited as they are to the behavioural trends… Continue reading Wealth Kills the Soul
Both Islamic and Christian Scriptures strictly forbid anyone charging interest. Why do Muslims obey devoutly, but Christians disobey flagrantly? Spoiler. Westerners were offered a deal they couldn’t refuse. Scrap that particular prohibition on financial exploitation — and we’ll give you riches beyond your wildest dreams. “Ban, what ban? Gimme the goodies!” I’ll start with Christian… Continue reading Interest: Why Do We Disobey?
I’m struggling to understand Muslim Economics. I’m looking at it sincerely and I expect to find something distinctive about it. But at first glance I wonder if it really has a different answer. Let’s examine the root issue. Islam does — as Christianity used to — condemn the charging of interest on loans. Not just… Continue reading Interest, Muslims and Christians
As I was writing my secular rant on profit, I watched a TED talk by Krista Tippett on all the meanings and manifestations of compassion. I admire Krista in her podcast, On Being — and her lecture reminded me that I’m taking too long to tackle the first topic on any truly spiritual agenda. Compassion… Continue reading Is Compassion Allowed?