Buy! Spend! Consume!

You are expected to spend all that you make, and then some.  Borrowing to enable consumption is considered reasonable, spending money that you have not made yet on things that you don’t need.  You are supposed to feel rewarded when you spend, like you have done something to better yourself.  But often, our purchases leave us feeling hollow, unsatisfied, because we know deep down inside that we did not really need what we just spent money we have not made yet to buy.  The more that you have, the less happy you are likely to be.

Materialism is the belief that material things are as important as spiritual things, that buying something can make you feel valuable.  It may, for a short time, but buying things does not fill the emptiness, does not bring friendship, does not make us feel wanted.  Sharing things does help to make friends, does give us feelings of belonging.  What good is it to have something which is never used?  Especially when you know that there are people who need what is sitting unused in your garage?

Sharing is how we have survived, and thrived.  Hoarding is destructive, counterproductive.  Being wealthy often means being lonely, because you can’t trust anyone.  So we aspire to have more than we can use, to prove that we are worth having as friends.  Our lives may be spiritually destitute, but we got some great deals!

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