Moral Issues

Rastafari oppose abortion and contraception, which they see as a colonial strategy to suppress the African population. Some Rastafari women do still use contraception, however. Medicines can be a problem, Rastafari do not use patent medicines, instead they use herbal remedies from folk traditions if they can. Consumerism dominates Babylon, so Rastafari turn away from materialist consumerist things and try to live ‘naturally’. They reject consumerism and materialism as colonialist wastefulness. Entrepreneurial activity is a way to independence from the colonial system. They prefer self-employment to dependence on wage labour even if the income is lower, because wage labour is seen as a form of slavery.

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