In the writing of a recent comment on another blog, my inner feelings came out, and I thought I would share.
I think for the longest time I was fighting this whole experience, wanting it to fade away. For things to return to the way, they were. But as the weeks and months roll on, I realise the world needed this.
We all needed a wake-up call.
Materialism gets a lot of bad press, but for me, life is all about balance. The world, however, was out of balance. It’s so easy and natural to think, me me me, at times like this because YOU are directly affected by current events but if you look at the macro picture, you will realise that our level of consumerism could not continue.
People were living on fake money; many people have a deck of cards in their wallet, with no question of who foots the bill. We all have been living away beyond our means; we don’t need all the luxuries that we have. Advertising has convinced us that we need certain items to fit into society.
A couple of years back I was in the queue for a cash machine, and a group of girls were laughing at someone walking past because he didn’t have a smartphone saying, “he must live such a sad life.”
So having a smartphone means you have a good life?
That is the world that we were living in—shows on TV glamorising botox, plastic surgery, and bleached teeth. Children were getting anxious and depressed because they couldn’t have the latest technology and clothes.
As a society, we have lost touch with nature.
Look at the raging fires, and floods, droughts all over the planet, 100s of animals going extinct, whales and dolphins washing up dead on beaches. The wounds of how we live our lives.
Nature is all-powerful and what is happening is the balance that is needed.
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” ~ Isaiah 41:10