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First Core Strand: Earth & Community

Here’s the beginning of a web page we’ve put up outlining one of WIN’s four core strands. We’ve called this strand “Earth & Community”. (The others are Deep Democracy, Whole Economics, and Climate Justice, all underpinned by a contemplative dimension. The aim is to articulate a clearer framework for what WIN represents.) The development of this strand is ongoing as our ideas evolve and develop. Feedback is very welcome.

The Earth & Community strand comprises an intention to move: away from corporate domination and consumerism;
towards simplicity, sharing and a deeper connection to the earth & its diverse communities.

Introduction: What Do We Love?

The Qur’an succinctly draws attention to one of the trappings of the world:

“And you love wealth with boundless love!” (Qur’ an: 89: 20)

One of the patterns of the human ego, or the self that needs transforming – is a compulsion for unbounded wealth and power. This can trap us into seeking the infinite from a finite outer world, resulting in a disturbance of the mizan or balance in both eco- and social systems.

And yet, this compulsion does not end at us humans. Indeed, the expression of this pattern, of this drive or love for power and wealth, can be magnified through corporations.

Corporations: Power, Profit, and Privileges

As corporations gain more wealth and power, their increasing influence on socio-political structures gives them privileges otherwise unavailable.

From the relationship of commercial banks with government, to yet another supermarket invading a local community, fossil fuel companies influencing climate politics, and pharmaceutical companies leveraging the medical profession, examples of corporate privilege are visible almost everywhere.

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1 Comment

  1. Knox

    I&#39;ve just read through the full article on the first strand for the first time – simple ideas, clearly and passionately drawn together and expressed.<br /><br />I appreciate the direct and engaging nature of the post, the links to Islamic principals, and the &#39;further resources&#39; at the end. And I like as well the clarity this brings to explaining who WIN are and what WIN represents.

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