Socially Spiritual?

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“Om Mani Padme Hum” the ubiquitous mantra which roughly translates as “Praise to the jewel in the lotus.” is probably what you might hear from someone who associates themselves with being spiritual and in tune with their inner selves.
There has been an ongoing trend in the world, people are openly sharing their thoughts and feelings about spirituality & religion. Is this becoming a paradox? Twitter timelines and Instagram feeds are flooded with people preaching about being good in nature, with yoga poses are getting more and more complicated. Do you think it is morally unjust that people can create several identities based on such philosophies?
Some may argue, that by showing off to the rest of the world your spirituality does not make you spiritual.

Well, in that context, yes it does not. However, if one may consider the effectiveness and purpose of sharing with the rest of your family, friends and peers the ways of Buddha or celebrity Yogis, then that argument is all for naught. Personally, I’ve been through such transformation and experienced ego-deaths in the past. And during this time, I sought out to share with the rest of the people how good it makes you feel and why it would beneficial for our lives. However, one would reach a point where you start to wonder – is anyone really listening? Conclusively, in my honest opinion, there are people who are made for this stuff, naturally talented at spreading ideologies and sharing their worldly take on the philosophies on life.

 

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Here’s an example; Buddha aka Gautama Siddhartha. Born in Lumbini Park, Nepal, Gautama was actually born to an Indian family who lived in the northernmost border of India and his mother actually gave birth to him in present-day Nepal whilst on the way to her parent’s house.
In that era, there existed already hundreds, if not, thousands of ‘sages’ and ‘mystics’ who were well versed in the ways of seeking enlightenment. Yet, why was it he – Buddha, was the only one who became so well-known and famous throughout the continent? Due to his perseverance and strong will. What ensued, was a mass following. Buddha now literally has, hundreds of millions of ‘followers’, a couple thousand years later.

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So maybe, just maybe, we should give these odd characters – social media influencers, daily preachers and all of these weirdos a chance to redeem themselves and prove to us that hey, there’s nothing wrong with what we do and we should all learn to face our insecurities. Meanwhile, isn’t love about getting along with everybody including our neighbours and enemies?

Peace & Love

 

Article written by Yoji Amashiro
Images from Google

 

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E-Commerce’s retail takeover

The world is being taken by storm with retail industry nuanced by e-commerce and online businesses. Numerous brands and business owners are shutting down their physical stores, moving forward and embracing futurists ways of running their enterprises. The retail industry is currently in a ditch, with unemployment rates experiencing influxes and jobs being at an all time low. This has greatly affected the logistical companies who are relying heavily on the retail market.

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Tons of entrepreneurs are opting to invest their money in the upcoming food & beverage and transport industries. What is happening? Have people stopped spending money?

The answer is no, as the world continues to revolve on its geometrical axis, global citizens are continuing to spend money, some much more than others, in fact. The world of fashion are inherently experimenting with their crazy antics, fabricating current trends and moving along with the seasons. Yet, as SMEs(Small-Medium Enterprises) are experiencing a lack thereof presence in mega-malls and shopping centres, the internet is booming with namely brands and online stores making their headlines on the latest advertisements.

What is probably the world’s most expensive mall, Marina Bay Sands’ The Shoppes, owned by casino giants Las Vegas Sands, has made a decision to put up their shopping mall on sale. “Sovereign wealth funds or a consortium of large private equity firms may be interested. There is a lack of available good-quality retail mall stock here. The Shoppes is one such property.” –  Mr Alan Cheong, Savills Singapore research head. 


Does this spell the end of super-sized shopping & entertainment arenas? Perhaps not.
Singaporean Capital City Group has been handed over the project to build Johor Baru’s latest retail hub. The Capital mall is rumoured to span an area of one million sq feet. It will also be conjoined with 690 service apartments and 630 hotel-esque service suites.

Meanwhile, Lazada & Unilever are collaborating together to embrace this new e-commerce boom with hopes of brighter future prospects. The two companies, rivalling each other in terms of business etiquette – Lazada being an online consumer goods provider and Unilever, a mostly physical retail consumer goods company, clearly opportunistic have decided to join forces.
The means and methods are certainly underlying as people who are shopping online might visit a physical store to see the product in person and whereas window shoppers are referring to their mobile devices to check up on the products.

With this being said, we hope that the retail & e-commerce industry will continue to bridge the gap and escalate employment rates and revolutionise the way we purchase our goods. Let’s save discussing the morality and ethics of consumer goods for another time as for now, the old school Silk Road methods of trade and barter is a forgotten one whilst digital crypto-currencies are the new in thing.

If it’s not cash you’re after, let it be Alipay points and bitcoin!

 

Article written by Yoji Amashiro
Photograph by Aika Isabelle