Moral and Social Perspectives
by Abdu’l-Missagh Ghadirian
This book advocates for a sensible balance between the spiritual and material aspects of life.
Materialism is having a devastating impact on societies and individuals throughout the world. With a focus on the moral and social consequences of materialistic mindsets and lifestyles, this book examines psychological, sociological and spiritual perspectives substantiated by extensive scientific research reported in the literature.
The problem of wealth and poverty is not only an economic issue; it is also a moral dilemma. In challenging the unbridled accumulation of wealth, or the economic injustices and corruption of our modern world, the author discusses the roles of egotism, arrogance and indifference to the plight of millions who die each year from starvation and disease. Such indifference, as well as the deterioration of human behaviour, are rooted in the loss of values and spiritual perspectives on life.
This book challenges the view that matter is the centrepiece of life – a view that denies spirituality, conscience and feeling. It advocates for a sensible balance between the spiritual and material aspects of life as two pillars of an equitable civilization.
Dr Abdu’l-Missagh Ghadirian is a Professor at McGill University, Faculty of Medicine in Montreal. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He served for many years as a member of the Continental Board of Counsellors in the Americas.
As an author and researcher he has published extensively and spoken in many universities around the world. He is particularly interested in exploring the interrelationship of science and religion in society and the progress of civilization.
Awarded the 2011 Award for Distinguised Scholarship in the book category by the Association of Bahá'í Studies, North America forMaterialism: Moral and Social Consequences
Dr. Ghadirian has clearly described cutting-edge research showing how a personal focus on money, possessions, and status undermines both our own and other people's well-being. His book also takes past critiques of consumerism two important steps forward. First, he extends the empirical work into some of the crucial moral and social dilemmas facing our world today by describing how people's focus on the accumulation of consumer goods is relevant to endemic poverty and ecological destruction. Second, he has done a fine job in the difficult task of integrating insights from science with that of a spiritual faith tradition, demonstrating how both call for a reduction in materialistic strivings and a focus on other, more healthy aims in order to improve the state of our lives and our world. To my knowledge, this is the first book to systematically connect the empirical work on materialism with the teachings of a particular faith.
-- Tim Kasser, Ph.D., Professor & Chair of Psychology, Knox College, Galesburg, Illinois, USA, author of The High Price of Materialism (2002, MIT Press).
216 x 138 mm ( 8.5 x 5.5 ins)