Do you remember what it was like before you were born? No? That’s the point. We are forever aborning. Each moment a new incarnation, and in each moment the original conviction is arrived at again. Yet for all our convictions we are still constantly aborning.
We are self medicating to avoid the real problems and the world of greed and intolerance. We demonize vices and thus wind up worshiping them. Greed is bad and no one really thinks about greed. The greedy person often reviles their own greed, but they don’t stop it. It is an addictive behaviour. It is taboo to think about greed. What are the greedy for? Of what use or good is it to have more?
In voicing criticisms about society, I am not saying we have done nothing of value or that it needs to be demonized. If anything we can be and should be held to greater accountability. In the distant past our greed would have been considered survival, but at this point our survival as individuals is most threatened by our own kind.
I am the last to deride the “sins” as evil, but we aren’t balanced. In theory, negative greed is a sublimation of some other need in the pursuit of say, money. We can and do pursue some aspects of our own nature inappropriately, and it isn’t because our nature is bad. It is because of our thinking.
We live a modern life based upon the technology and reason of our parents and their parents before them, and we use their accomplishments to hurt ourselves and each other. If progress is virtuous then why aren’t we?
Commerce is driving us from ourselves. The greed of so many. It’s designed by commercial people and is not adaptation we have created for ourselves. That’s why it so often fails to simply be the tool we need and nothing more. We produce in ego and think this is mine and I did this and fail to consider what our actions do in the big picture.
November 29th is international Buy Nothing Day. Is it time to say ‘enough’ yet?
Your thoughts are welcome. Be well friends.