Category Archives: Materialism

Moments of euphoric forgetfulness

Robert Franks, author of the best seller Luxury Fever: Why Money Fails to Satisfy in an Era of Excess, claims that what we sometimes call ‘retail therapy’ doesn’t work. Decades of rapidly increasing affluence and the ‘shop til you drop’ … Continue reading

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Is money really life’s report card?

There’s a saying that goes: ‘money is life’s report card,’ meaning success in life is in proportion to how much we earn, accrue and spend. Yet the universal experience is what John D Rockerfeller said when asked how much you … Continue reading

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Happiness is like a butterfly.

Happiness is all about keeping things in balance. The Bible says: ‘Give me neither poverty nor riches, just give me as much as I need.’ It’s realizing when enough is enough. Anything more is great if you receive it, but … Continue reading

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Seeing things in their true perspective

In the wake of the Global Economic Crisis, USA Today ran an article entitled Bubble burst: Views on sour economy. It reported that nearly half of the people surveyed believed the recession was a payback for society’s overindulging, and that … Continue reading

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Acedia, an aversion to spiritual things

William Bennet, speaking at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, said: ‘There is a coarseness and a cynicism to our era…The ancients called it acedia, an aversion to spiritual things and an undue concern for the external and the worldly… I … Continue reading

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Breaking with the law of the playground

British style writer Neil Boorman, a few years ago, caused a stir when he decided to burn all his brand-name possessions. “I am addicted to brands,” he confessed in a magazine article: “From an early age, I have been taught … Continue reading

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Give me back my songs

The French have a story about a wealthy man who spent his days counting his gold. Next door was a poor cobbler who spent his days singing as he repaired shoes. The joyful singing irritated the rich man, so he … Continue reading

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