Joseph's Foresight and Restraint
A Torah teaching for the Western environmentalist.
We should refrain from overconsumption when others in the world are suffering extreme (financial and ecological) poverty now and when indications are mounting that today's ecological recklessness is impoverishing the world for the future.
Channeling more funds into helping the less fortunate rather than indulging in more highly material and energy-consuming goods and leisure activities is tzedakah (charity) for people and tzedek (justice) for the earth. We should replace today's model of immediate material gratification as well as conspicuous consumption with Joseph's model of foresight, self-discipline, and concern for the common good.
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