Materialism: the downward spiral

Across the globe materialism has darkened the eyes of many. In all the so-called developed and developing countries it seems that each generation is more materialistic than that of their parents; and it’s having a detrimental effect on their physical and mental health. Our children and grandchildren are being engulfed by a tide of commercialism and consumerism which if left unchecked threatens to overwhelm the world in a catastrophe of our own making.

In the West there has been for some time now an obvious imbalance: our pursuit of material riches, sensual gratification, and physical comfort at all costs, has been to the detriment of our collective search for meaning and the realisation of more spiritual ideals. Many suspect that this is the case, and yet we appear unable or unwilling to apply the brake. Deep down we know that a fundamental shift is needed, and yet as individuals we feel powerless to bring about that change; and so we attempt to justify our patterns of behaviour with all sorts of complicated arguments, even though we don’t really believe we are in the right. Collectively, we are like the addict who despite his nagging conscience descends deeper and deeper, ever more desperate to turn his life around and yet less and less able to bring about the required adjustments to his lifestyle. Continue reading