Busyness hindering community in America
22 May 2009 Leave a comment
Quoted from my friend Tony’s blog, Rockstanding:
I read a book on stress a few years back, and the author made a side comment that I thought was so insightful. He said that the highest value of materialistic western culture is not possessing. It’s actually acquiring.
If you’re a go-getter you never stop. And so the guy who is lavishly successful doesn’t quit, because there are greater levels of success. “My house could be bigger, I could drive better cars, I could have more power, I could have more money.”
So our materialism, consumerism, affluenza is a result of our workaholism? New thought to me, definitely worth pondering. Personally I tend towards the go-getter end of the spectrum, which is talked about in the above quote. I am not — thankfully — of the mind that “My house could be bigger, I could drive better cars, I could have more power, I could have more money.” My goals and dreams in life, the way I measure success in life is not relative to status or material possessions. Regardless, the idea that busyness hinders community resonates with me.