Sunday, September 30, 2012

Greed vs. Compassion


I love my stuff, but I love people more.

Everyone I know loves their stuff, but they love people more.

Everyone I don’t even know all over the planet, loves their stuff, but they love people more.


Are we so self-centered that we can see only ourselves?

Are we so mesmerized with our stuff that we cannot see anyone else’s needs?

Are we so caught up in our false culture of consumerism that we have lost sight of why we are here?

It is certainly pushed on us from every angle and through every public avenue.

We certainly rise up emotionally when we have achieved some higher financial level.

But what are we really celebrating?

Our blindness.

Our forgetfulness.

Our loss.

We are here to be generous.

We are here to see what is of real, enduring value.

We are here to help one another be lifted up.

And we don’t need money, stuff, or financial levels to do these things.

We need compassion.

We need awareness of one another.

We need the practice of comforting, sharing and kindness.

When we start to practice those, we will find we have everything else we could need or want.

It’s an opportunity we have yet to try as a culture.

But we can certainly begin building it into our own community.

© 2012 Kathryn Hardage