Listening to Allah (part 1)

“Yes, if one wants to succeed in the modern world, alas, one must swear — and constantly reaffirm– allegiance to media-reinforced trends. Such allegiance impacts on whom you listen to, whom you idolize and want to imitate; what products you buy –and God forbid, show off; how you spend your time and who-all you hang-out with and how you interact with them; as well as your choice of clothing, personal appearance style, technology use/purchase, not to mention — and this is a big issue — how far one dare go outside of sanctioned behavior patterns. If this all smacks of consumerism, then it probably should cause us all to reassess — and maybe re-prioritize — our interests, goals, values — yes, our standards of success — for this life and the next.”