Sunday, October 25, 2009

On Consumerism

Richness is not found in excess, nor is poverty found in austerity.

It ought to be obvious that equating material possessions with happiness is, to say the least, unsustainable. It is even more foolish to believe that having more results in a greater happiness; that serves only to move us to the precipice of destruction. A Malthusian accusation perhaps, but one that seems increasingly true as time passes.

I suggest that we look upon our lives with a critical eye, and to discover those things which are truly essential to our happiness. All other things are but luxuries, perhaps enjoyable, but should never be elevated to that of a daily necessity.

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