First Core Strand: Earth & Community
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.
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.