Today, we conclude this lesson on the suffocating power of stuff. We began the lesson with Jesus' teaching in Mt. 6 on stuff, and an analysis of why it is so difficult for us, living under the socio-economic system of consumerism, to heed Jesus' words. We conclude with some practical ways we help us see the internal programs that drive our lives to distraction.
That we are suffocated by stuff in a literal sense is not the biggest problem we face. Yes, it's true that possessing too many things stifles and loads us down, but the more dangerous form of suffocation, is the mindset, the heartset, that believes we'll find happiness when we get stuff, when we get the physical realities of our world to line up with our desires. This thinking pattern has been introduced into the water we drink for so long, that we can't imagine that it is toxic to our souls... But it is. Listen to what the ancient sages
Dumbing down grownups, capturing children early and indenturing them into the obligations of consumerism, and misrepresenting the utility of stuff... these are the lengths our economic system goes to sell us stuff. And in the face of that, Jesus tells us that stuff is one of the surest ways to give away our freedom. That's a dilemma!
Jesus taught us a lot about how stuff, and our relationship to stuff can steal from us the freedom, vitality, and life that the spiritual journey affords us. However, we live in a society that is founded on consumerism. The powers at work to keep us spending and buying are brilliant and determined. If we're not forewarned and forearmed, we'll succumb, and like Jesus warned, be suffocated.