SOURCE: Vision Media

October 31, 2007 03:00 ET

The Social Issue of Our Affluent Age: Quality of Life Is Declining

Vision Media Gives Thanks for a Prosperous Society and Culture but Asks -- Where to From Here?

PASADENA, CA--(Marketwire - October 31, 2007) - As families around the US prepare for the celebration of Halloween, Vision Media examines the challenges affluence has brought to our society and culture. Halloween is but one example -- originally a Celtic fire festival celebrating the beginning of the "dark half of the year," it went through many incarnations before emerging as the highly commercialized holiday it is today. With the advent of affluence, however, knowledge of its origins has been lost. It is merely one more marketing opportunity.

John Meakin and Michelle Steele, authors of the Vision.org article "The Challenge of Affluence," are concerned that Affluence without spiritual responsibility has no lasting value. The authors have sincere concerns about where our affluent society is taking us. They review "The Challenge of Affluence" written by Avner Offer, who concludes that being richer does not guarantee a better quality of life. He suggests a socialistic solution that would introduce a better balance between instant gratification and future goals, consumption and investment.

Meakin & Steel believe that making religion and ethical issues the foundation of society and culture could be a better solution. "What the Bible says is that happiness and well-being are not rooted in material consumption," says Meakin, "At their core these characteristics are spiritual in nature."

There is some evidence that this view was supported by our forefathers. Following the end of the civil war on the day that the Thanksgiving Day was established, a proclamation was issued that reads in part as follows:

"[The United States in Congress assembled] . . . Do hereby recommend to the inhabitants of these States in general, to observe, and request the several States to interpose their authority in appointing and commanding the observation of THURSDAY the twenty-eight day of NOVEMBER next, as a day of solemn THANKSGIVING to GOD for all his mercies: and they do further recommend to all ranks, to testify to their gratitude to GOD for his goodness, by a cheerful obedience of his laws, and by promoting, each in his station, and by his influence, the practice of true and undefiled religion, which is the great foundation of public prosperity and national happiness." (1)

Vision Media brings insight into the complex social, moral and philosophical issues that confront society by examining their origins through the wisdom of an ancient source, the Bible. The writers of the "Challenge of Affluence" consider that social issues today are becoming increasingly severe and that the future promises a rough ride unless changes occur and nations rise to the challenge of affluence.

(1) Done in Congress, at Philadelphia, October 11, 1782 - JOHN HANSON, President.

Contact Information

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