New York – Mainstream culture relentlessly attempts to persuade us that the ultimate aspirations in life are leisure, pleasure and consumption; ideally, a combination of the three while eschewing deep thought and reflection and ignoring ethical and moral issues. The pursuit of these pseudo-values leads us to spend the majority of our waking hours chasing wealth, which we then heedlessly spend on goods and entertainment we do not need and that may actually harm us, such as excess food, material clutter and ceaseless noise.

mosque al qarawiyyin in Fez Medina, Morocco
Al qarawiyyin University in Fez. Photo by Morocco World News
Paola Garcia is a writer and translator from Chihuahua, Mexico.