Saturday, April 19, 2008

Life was made...

I think that it is a silly delusion perpetuated by the mass media that the main goal of life is to achieve pleasure and comfort.

Are we put on this planet for our own little amusement?

I do not mean to be ascetics, but that we are deluding ourselves and setting ourselves up for a very big letdown if we think that life is all about pleasure.

Pictures of a young couple walking by the seaside, or relaxing by the pool with a cocktail besides him/her, or a beautiful/handsome couple seated in a lounge, hotel, airline, etc.

When someone says that prosperity is for a purpose, I agree with them. But we must ask, what is that purpose? and to keep on remembering what the purpose is throughout.

When the means becomes the end, what do we become?

The purpose of life in general is love. Love of other beings. Not a feeling, but a genuine concern for the welfare of other beings both divine and mortal. It is in relationships that we find meaning. Little wonder that the two commandments are hinged on loving God and our neighbour.

I feel that if we think too much of how God can bless us materially, we forget that our true riches are found through love and building others up. We must ask ourselves when we count our blessings that it is because God loves us.

The next question then is how much have we loved others? Have we become so preoccupied with our jobs, our vocations, the mortgage, the rent, until we "don't have time for others". Money is good, to a certain extent, if we don't have money we won't be able to fully concentrate on relating and blessing others. So we pray like one of the writers in the Bible that we not be poor that we are tempted to steal.

But money can become greed, when we place money above relationships, when we talk more and show more concern for share prices, property valuations, IPO's, gold than about our feelings, about happiness, loneliness, hope, joy, fears, problems, support, etc.

So my question is, "True, prosperity is for a purpose, but what is that purpose? And how are you achieving that purpose day to day in your everyday life?"

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