Pursuit Of Wealth

Pursuit of Wealth has been considered a vice and harmful in all cultures and societies, EXCEPT modern society. The harms of rejecting traditional wisdom can be seen in many dimensions, which are explored in different articles below. For additional components of core economic beliefs, see UNLEARNING ECONOMICS

If you want to understand yourself, and the society in which you live, than it is essential for you to understand the historical process by which this VICE (the pursuit of wealth) was transformed into a VIRTUE. Understanding this is the key to self-liberation, since the goals we pursue determines who we become. As human beings, we are created to be infinitely more precious than all the gold in the world -- pursuit of gold conceals and eventually destroys our human souls, and our possibilities of leading a fulfilling life. The fable of King Midas is a reminder of this eternal truth.  
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not wealth, but HUMAN development  Sep 6, 2016, 10:24 PM Asad Zaman
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Consequences of letting greed dominate  Apr 6, 2017, 4:08 AM Asad Zaman
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Published in The Express Tribune, August 31st, 2015. Capitalism creates and authorized greed, which leads to a plutonomy, with highly damaging effects to society  May 15, 2016, 7:40 PM Asad Zaman
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Surveys: Pursuing self-interest or self-actualization? From capitalism to a steady-state,wisdom economy, Niaz Murtaza Ecological Economics  355k v. 1 Jan 27, 2017, 7:54 PM Asad Zaman
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Describes European transition to secular thought and its effects in various dimensions, including promotion of greed.  May 23, 2016, 10:01 PM Asad Zaman
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Paper shows that main claims related to Invisible Hand (cited as core of economics by Mankiw) -- are wrong.  Apr 14, 2017, 5:56 AM Asad Zaman
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A Wall Street Broker describes how he overcame his love for money. Something we all need to do, to enjoy the richness of life  May 15, 2016, 7:30 PM Asad Zaman
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Source Materials on links between greed and the financial crisis  May 15, 2016, 5:29 PM Asad Zaman
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The historical process whereby this vice was turned into a virtue, described in Lecture 8 of course on Islamic Economics  May 15, 2016, 7:31 PM Asad Zaman
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Links to open research projects on legitimization of POW  May 15, 2016, 5:16 PM Asad Zaman
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Some materials on these topics  Oct 8, 2016, 3:28 AM Asad Zaman
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Draft of an expanded version with references and details, of the brief essays on this topic published in newspapers  May 15, 2016, 7:13 PM Asad Zaman
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Interesting essay in Marriage & Family Encyclopedia about the unpleasant effects of wealth on families.  May 15, 2016, 7:21 PM Asad Zaman
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Translation of Hafiz Ibne Rajab, written ca 780 Hijri  May 15, 2016, 5:18 PM Asad Zaman
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Short essay on topic, published in The News, Thursday, February 12, 2009  May 15, 2016, 7:28 PM Asad Zaman
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