Tuesday, December 21, 2004

The Fallacy of Temporality

It seems that so many live lives, as Thoreau eloquently opined, of quiet desperation. It seems that our focus is so strongly on the here and now. We buy $80,000 vehicles when we could easily live with ones of half that value (at least). We persist in trying to keep up with the Jones' when a life of simplicity would make us happier. Status means everything. Most of us were not alive 100 years ago and will not be alive 100 years from now and yet we live as if we will never die. Should we gather more for ourselves or give our lives away? Isn't that what truly brings happiness - giving your life away. The poor in general seem to be happier than the rich. Many who live in poverty spend their lives giving it away. They have no choice. They must scrape to make a living and to care for their children. They literally can't afford to be self-centered. What little they have means more to them. If all of us in the wealthy U.S. would donate a dollar more a week, we could do so much for our impovershed brothers in sisters in Christ. No, instead we have to have all the latest gadgets and gizmos. We are so utterly materialistic. It is obvious where our treasures lie. What will change hearts? Our thinking is disordered and not focused properly. Honor, praise, status, riches are our goals instead of generosity, humility and selflessness. We truly live as though this earthly life is all that matters. Our spiritual malaise has created a false sense of reality. We have succumbed to the fallacy of temporality.