Greed and Materialism

There are many things which have contributed to the decline of the United States, but I consider two of them to be the most important.  Greed.  And materialism.  These two things are completely unrelated, yet they operate together in a synergy which is far more destructive than either operating alone.  Greed will cause selfishness, lack of empathy, anger, and a disrespect for the community.  Materialism causes isolation from others, false perceptions, and skewed morality.  But together, these two ways of being bring about huge calamities.

Greed led tobacco company executives to sign off on artificially raising the level of nicotine in their cigarettes, to stimulate profits.  Materialism led those executives to view their customers as non-entities, mere numbers, not mothers and fathers, friends and co-workers.  Greed led Detroit automakers to redesign what had been reliable, durable vehicles into worthless lumps of metal.  Materialism prompted those same executives to replace dependability with flashiness, quality with pretension.

Instead of seeking spiritual enlightenment to improve our relationships with others. materialism confuses us, making us believe that having things will make us more desirable or attractive to those around us.  Greed comes into play when we forget that things of this world are impermanent, transient, and that only through spiritual rapport can we create truly enduring relationships.  People feel isolated and alone, and crave things to alleviate their feelings of insecurity and rejection.

Materialism has caused Americans to lose their sense of community, of identity.  Because we are so focused on the worldly aspects of those around us, we ignore the hidden spiritual similarities. Differences in skin color, upbringing, or affluence come to outweigh the sharing of sacrifice, the results of working together, the comfort of trusting those around us.  Greed blinds us to what we share with each other, and prevents us from feeling hurt when one of our own is hurt.

Through materialism, Greed has been running the US since the early 20th century.  People will risk their lives to gain in worldly wealth, yet they will not cross the street to find spiritual happiness.  Frustration with the inability to find happiness through ownership pushes people to destroy themselves and those around them.  Our media keeps repeating that we can achieve happiness by spending money, but, no matter how much we spend, we end up feeling empty, cheated.  Our fixation with instant gratification leads people to hate other people when they refuse to gratify us when we desire it.

Up until recently, the wealthy in this country have been satisfied with the results of their efforts, because people have spent impulsively, purchasing shoddy items at high prices.  Profit margins have been wide, and wealth was easy to accumulate. But the Greed got out of hand, and became commonplace.  Borrowing money to buy a home you had no intention of living in became chic, eating up the equity in the home that you do live in was considered sound financial planning, and no one gave a hoot about what the future held.  Disaffection with materialism is beginning to take hold all over the country, as people discover that spirituality is free, and very rewarding.

From founding fathers who were extremely spiritual, a nation of people obsessed with worldly material goods has emerged.  This nation is almost completely ignorant of basic spiritual concepts, yet there are many in it who are fed up enough with what has been to try something different.  We may still discover ourselves, realize that we are a great people, with much energy and strength to offer the world. But we must be wary of Greed and materialism, because they are constantly pulling us away from our spiritual selves.


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3 Responses to “Greed and Materialism”

  1. Tnelson Says:

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  2. Bill Bartmann Says:

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  3. Savannah Says:

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