How many of us have bought into the philosophy that the one with the most toys wins? Our entire society operates on the principle that our lives would be so much better, and that we as individuals would be more complete, if we could just get the next best thing.
We have been brainwashed into believing that we must buy more to live. We live to buy rather than buying to live. The issue I have with this lifestyle is that it isn’t Christian, and in a world of poverty and hunger, it is actually immoral.
If our spirituality actually informs our lifestyle we should be striving to live more simply. That’s what Chesterton is saying. Desiring less is the best way to have enough. By living more simply we make it possible for others to simply live.
Our world was created perfectly. There is enough resources to meet our needs, but there will never be enough to meet our greed.
Some things you must always be unable to bear, Some things you must never stop refusing to bear. Injustice and outrage and dishonor and shame. No matter how young you are or how old you have got. Not for kudos and not for cash, your picture in the paper nor money in the bank, neither. Just refuse to bear them. – William Faulkner
What a different world we could have if more of us took Faulkner’s words to heart. I often find myself in tears over the open and even brazen acceptance of injustice, especially by those who claim to follow the Prince of Peace.
Our love of money and all it can provide, our insatiable desire for more and bigger, has brought us to the place where we turn a blind eye to the evil of those in power and wink at wrong doing on a personal level. We live in a world where there’s no shame, and where honor can no longer be spelled, much less defined.
Our greed and selfishness have even stripped us our ability for outrage. We now are part of a society where outrage over injustice is more unacceptable that the injustice that spawns it.
Over 25,000 of our human family will die of hunger and hunger related caused today. In a world with far more than enough food for everyone of us, we will simply go about our business as usual. Our only outrage will be when we get cut off in traffic, the server get our lunch order wrong, or our our double-expresso latte gets cold.
I honestly do not know how much longer I can bear it.