Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Unbridled materialistic selfishness is a mental illness

Perspective is everything. Unbridled materialistic selfishness is obsolete and needs to be treated like a mental illness.

Bandito Duran extended my metaphor in a beautiful way:

"The caveman mentality of take what you can is killing many innocent people. We as a species have to learn a harmony of life or we will wipe ourselves out. Think of the rich as you would an addict, but not to alcohol or drugs but to greed and power. Then you will start to see the solution."

In his 2010 documentary, I Am, Tom Shadyac said a similar thing - that sociopathic pursuit of wealth at any cost is a mental illness.  Tom had suffered a rare medical condition that drove him into deep depression. While he eventually recovered, it left him profoundly changed in his perspective of the value of money and materialism - he was filthy rich, and it didn't make a damn bit of difference.  I Am is a wonderful film, that makes us think about what it means to be human - and the message of Jesus Christ which is to take care of each other.

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