The love of possessions

by Michael Smith (Veshengro)

Sitting Bull said in his time that the love of possessions is a disease with them, meaning the Americans.

And he continued in the same speech: “They take tithes from the poor and weak to support the rich who rule. They claim this mother of ours, the Earth, for their own and fence their neighbors away. If America had been twice the size it is, there still would not have been enough”.

And the truth that he was right and that was how long ago? It is still the same problem and nowadays it has been exasperated many hundred or even thousand times over from when Sitting Bull said this.

It is, however, not just thus in America, in the USA, for the same attitude can be found almost everywhere in the so-called developed world. I say so-called developed world for at times I am sure we have not developed, meaning progressed, but gone backwards.

“Possessions possess the possessor” is a saying that I have heard many a times from my Elders and, alas, it is true and I am certainly not someone who can part too easily with mine. Having grown up with little to nothing this may be understandable to some extent but with some it is a serious obsession.

And we are being told, encouraged and even bullied by our governments to spend, spend, spend (to get the economy growing) to accumulate even more possessions. At the same time the also sing the song of sustainability and, apparently, they don't seem to understand that even if a product is recyclable it still means if we want new all the time, because they brainwash us into it, then sustainability does not work.

We cannot grow the economy any more on a finite Planet with finite non-renewable resources that are, more often than not, are required to make all those products that are to be the object of our unending desires.

It is time to say enough is enough...

© 2012