Consumerism -- Dr Ali Khwaja

Consumerism -- Dr Ali Khwaja
We now live in an age of “instant gratification” and “use-and-throw” culture. It has become very convenient to sit at home and order whatever we want, and get it within no time (and if we don’t have the money to pay for it – credit card Zindabad!) Similarly, we keep changing gadgets, vehicles, dresses etc. as soon as we have used them for some time. Tempting offers in the media invite you to bring your old stuff, get a discount, and take back brand new latest-models. It’s another matter that your old gadget is still working fine and you have absolutely no reason to exchange it for a new one.
 
Our lifestyle has certainly changed for the better in material terms. We don’t repair anything anymore, we just dump it (and if the city has a garbage problem, let the authorities deal with it). Many of us are enjoying the newfound luxuries. But the younger generation has not seen the earlier era, and thinks that everything – including happiness – is available at the touch of a button.
 
 
As we get more and more dependent on satisfying our needs and wants immediately, there is a slow but sure deprivation of natural resources, wealth creation, and healthy life. Do we stop ourselves and ask where we are headed, and what sort of world we will be leaving behind for the next generation? Would you like to do that thinking now, before you reach out to a remote or order fast food or switch on your air conditioner?
 
 
Dr Ali Khwaja A Montessorian, an engineering graduate of IIT, MIE, MIIM, with a Ph.D in behavioral sciences - Ali Khwaja is the founder and head of Banjara Academy, a unique institution committed to improvement of quality of life. He nurtures and motivates over 200 Helping Hand volunteers to give free service in 10 hospitals in Bengaluru and Banjara Academy’s own counselling centres. Also conducts courses in  Counselling Skills.  And still finds time for causes as wide as adoption, disability welfare, “true” education, life skills, and counselling.
Dr. Ali Khwaja can be contacted at alikhwaja@banjaraacademy.org
 

 

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