Thursday, 9 October 2008

The Age of Materialism

Does not this economic and financial calamity - the biggest since 1929 - only go to show that mankind has got its priorities of life utterly wrong, and that the world is dominated by greed, ignorance, fear and the lust for power, fame, affluence and self-aggrandisement? Mankind is destroying itself along with its environment through its self-induced separation from nature and spirituality.

The economic melt-down serves as a warning for mankind to change its ways, or perish.
It is not money that is the root of all evil. It is our extravagance and imprudence. It is to do with our whole philosophical attitude to life and its purpose. It is to do with the divided self which is expressed in a divided and fragmented society and an abused and exploited world. Man creates his own heaven and his own hell. It is here and now, not in some fantasy dimension.


nitrotab said...

I couldn't agree more with what you posted Alan.

I think you've hit the nail right on the head.

V said...

It is funny how money is the root of all evil - until - you need to spend it on social control measures, when suddenly it becomes your right to have as much money as possible!

Even funnier is the fact that success in business which pays for all this social control. The more profit, the more tax income, the more the government can spend on silly ideas.

Yes, an idealistic life of working on organic farms in worker communes sounds great - until you realize that this was also called the dark ages when feudalism was all the rage and the average age at death was barely 40!

nitrotab said...

Or maybe there is a better way: