‘In 1966 Robert F. Kennedy delivered a speech that included an instance: There is a Chinese curse which says “May he live in interesting times.’ Like it or not, we live in interesting times. They are times of danger and uncertainty; but they are also the most creative of any time in the history of mankind.’ (The author of the quote is unknown.)
Certainly, whether a curse or a blessing, we do live in interesting times!
‘It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.’ Charles Dickens
I was watching a film, the other night, regrading the excesses of our current age. It explored the lives of some, extremely rich, individuals as well as others who desired to be rich…and their excesses and the subsequent unhappiness that the spoils of money brought them!
The movie is entitled, ‘Generation Wealth’, where, ‘Lauren Greenfield examines materialism, celebrity culture, and social status and reflects on the desire to be wealthy at any cost.’ Generation Wealth
The film was a fascinating study in people pursuing what capitalism and modern society has identified as success. It included a mother dressing up her, very young, daughter, to appear as a mature woman and to promote her performance as a person, well beyond her years, for the purpose of obtaining prize money and awards.
‘Generation Wealth,’ highlighted the excesses of a culture in decline. This included people who obtained money having an obsession with sex, with massive houses or mansions and high dollar clothing and automobiles.
All of the covered people in the documentary; insisted that when they obtained the nirvana, of money and what it brings…they felt empty and unhappy.
A German, millionaire, stated that the rewards of money was…’air’…and that it all evaporated!
We have made the mistake of equating money and riches and real estate holdings and the bling and the accoutrements that accompany it…as a sign of wisdom and knowledge and success…and someone to be a mentor to the rest of us!
There is nothing wrong with money. We all require money to survive in this world!
There is something, desperately, wrong with equating the rewards of capitalism with the, marker, of success that we should all strive for…or for the sign that God is blessing the rich…and the poor and homeless are doing something wrong!
In Ms. Greenfield’s film, one of, the actor, Charlie Sheens, girlfriends is highlighted and her struggles examined. She spoke of the, hollowness, of pornography and appearing nude, and her return to her, minimum wage job in a tanning salon…and her happiness in returning to herself!
When society points to the rich and says…be like them…we have a prescription for disaster!
When society points to actors and actresses and says…be like them….we are setting up our young people for disappointment!
When we laud sports stars as the example of, ‘making it,’ we have forgotten our; teachers and our policemen and our authors and our poets and our nurses and our firefighters…
When we tell our, christian, congregants that if they serve Christ…according to our directives… that they will become rich…what does the, lack of the development of those promised riches…bring?
Was Christ…or Mohammed or Buddah…or Moses…obsessed with money?
And, so, we have one life to live as responsible and enjoyably as our opportunities and belief system, allows us to do.
Life presents, each of us, tremendous opportunities and terrific challenges!
It is up to each of us to decide what makes us fulfilled and what makes us happy?
It is not what someone tells you…it is what is in your heart!