It’s almost near the end of the ramadan, and the one thing which is common across every continent, nation, race, religion, is economics. Until the last couple of months, I never put the two together religion and capitalism.
It’s the market that has broken down all the barriers within different tribes, for the need to exchange goods and services, with people’s trust in money. Religion has played a major part for the development and maintenance of capitalism. If you look at the major religions of today, all of them have holidays, and these holidays are a driving force for economic growth.
If you look at the major religions of today, all of them have holidays, and these holidays are a driving force for economic growth.
As I was passing along the market shown above, what usually takes me a short time to pass, literally took me hours to move. When the holiday begins, everything shuts down completely, so people do their shopping early on, because most of them then travel to their homes outside of the city. Living in the city, where it’s already overpopulated, combine with the fact, people from different parts of the country come here for shopping adds to the dilemma.
Whenever I witness these large consumption herds, I always tried to avoid it; but not for the last couple of years, in fact I embraced it. If you don’t, trust me you can barely walk on the streets ! I looked it as a way to ride the wave of crowds, similar to surfing on oceans. I didn’t understand, why surfers risked their lives surfing gigantic waves; until I embraced being in mammoth crowds. Just being in the energy of so many people, the sound, the chaos, the unpredictability, the synchronous movement is what makes it a thrilling experience.