Curb excessive consumption. Be happy.

“That happiness is to be attained through limitless material acquisition is denied by every religion and philosophy known to humankind, but it is preached incessantly by every television set”

Robert Bellah

Belief System Teaching
American Indian Miserable as we seem in thy eyes, we consider ourselves…much happier than thou, in this that we are very content with the little that we have –Micmac Chief
Buddhist Whoever in this world overcomes his selfish cravings, his sorrows fall away from him, like drops of water from a lotus flower – Dhammapada 336
Christian It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God – Matthew 19:23-24
Confucian Excess and deficiency are equally at fault – Confucius X1.15
Ancient Greek Nothing in excess – The Oracle of Delphi
Hindu That person who lives completely   free from desires, without longing…attains peace – Bhagavad-Gita 11.71
Islamic Poverty is my pride – Muhammad
Jewish Give me neither poverty nor riches – Proverbs 30:8
Taoist He who knows he has enough is rich – Tao Te Ching

Source: Worldwatch Institute

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