Thursday, May 12, 2005

Stuck on the Gerbil Wheel

I can't get off! I rant and rave about rampant consumption. Then spend like there's no tomorrow.

This is the root of my hypocrisy. Materialism is where my thoughts and actions diverge most dramatically. My guilt rose in my throat today when Neddie at American Street asked the Great Question. To me, the question boils down to -- "How much is enough?"

It reminded me of a visiting African minister that came to preach at my white, conservative, Episcopal church a few years back. He stunned the upper middle class congregation by asking this great question in the context of his life experience in sub-Saharan Africa.

How much is enough? A lot less than most of us are indoctrinated to believe.


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