Wednesday, January 05, 2011

The Psychosis of Materialism (Part 1)

I constantly witness one thing from around us, in my own life experience and wherever I go:  contemporary society is "psychotic."  Aided by media and commerce, we get convinced in rainbow color that the good life and happiness is found in accumulation ("more is better").

This type of "psychosis" afflicts both rich and poor.  As George Macdonald said, "It is not the rich man only who is under the dominion of things. They too are slaves who, having no money, are unhappy from it." Plagued and deluded by the appetite to possess, people then tend to lose touch with reality.

I think of a greedy military general or politician who steals millions of dollars from government at the expense of his poverty-stricken countrymen. Trading honor for creature comfort, a poor woman sells her body, cheats, or commits adultery for so-called greener pastures.  The "greed for affluence" is indeed a deceptive and sneaky test of reality as well as integrity.

Think about it - this "psychosis."

"Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed;  a man's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions." (Luke 12:15)

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