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Tuesday, February 20, 2007

POTD

Every so often we are bombarded with statistics claiming that we are wealthier and supposedly smarter than ever. So why is it then that a quick walk outside invariably reveals more frowns than smiles? Why are so many people unhappy for so much of the time? Someone over at the FFC board managed to sum it up perfectly in just a few paragraphs. They might have been referring to Americans, but you could apply it to Australians just as easily.

Most Americans, despite their claims of being spiritual, loving, and optimistic, are actually filled with a bitterness and rage at anyone they think is doing better than they are. This bitterness is part of the reason why America is such a hyper-competitive culture that is eating itself alive.

Once people were content to be middle class. Now everyone wants to live a faux-rich lifestyle of bloated home and bloated debts. Even people who are the top of the ladder of money and power are filled with a desire to consume more just for the sake of consuming.

America is also a spiritually bankrupt culture. People go to church, but that church teaches a doctrine of intolerance and greed. Is it any surprise that Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, and Joel Osteen have an audience of millions? Most people in America suck. Period.

Now can I have my pills?

6 Comments:

Blogger Rodney Olsen said...

Very insightful.

We're constantly bombarded with messages that tell us to consume but very rarely are we reminded that we already have more than 90% of the people in the world.

The writer has hit the nail on the head talking about spiritual bankruptcy. Why do so many people swallow the doctrine of greed and follow those who teach it when the Bible teaches contentment in all circumstances?

5:12 pm  
Blogger JV said...

Hi Chris,
Found your blog via Bike Journal (my member name is jvanv8). Amazing pictures of Australia! Certainly must add to the enjoyment of your rides with amazing mountain views.

As for the "unhappy state of the world" I definitely agree. There are many who are content with the simple things in life but its definitely overshadowed by the need to out-do your neighbor.

The sad part is that often people go to such lengths to obtain "things" that once they have them they realize that they still not happy. If there is one thing I am sure of it's that happiness does not coincide with your bank account.

I also agree that although the quote was aimed at Americans, I think it pertains to the population of any developed country.

3:58 am  
Blogger Chris L said...

Rodney -- I think it comes back to the fact that a lot of people read the bible (or any other form of media) trying to see how it supports their prior views, rather than trying to learn anything. When someone doing that starts preaching to an audience, you've got a problem.

JV -- you are right in that there are those who are content with simple things, but how often are they misunderstood or sneered at by those who feel a need to "have it all"? For me there is nothing better than riding my bike to somewhere in the middle of nowhere and setting up camp in the bush, with nothing to disturb me -- yet the way I travel is often sneered at for supposedly being "the poor man's transport".

1:42 pm  
Blogger Geo said...

Awww come on Chris man... all Americans? I know, it is major screwed up over here and we all hate this stupid war and we want our friends and family home...now.

But yep, I stay away from the mega churchs.

Have a Tim Tam... it'll make you feel better. (Rodney, stop laughing! HA!)

3:32 am  
Blogger Crowlie said...

Sounds like you're right about the way most ppl use the Bible to back up previously conceived ideas... Until they start actually studying the thing that is!

Although it's in English now which makes it seem accessible, in reality it is as culturally foreign to us as the Baghavad Gita and other Hindu and Buddhist scriptures. It takes some pretty sophisticated tools to get through the layers of traditional meaning that have been slathered all over it, over the last 2k odd years and get to what might have been the original purpose of the stories.

Don't forget that people in "developed" countries are under a lot of pressure to consume and not be lazy, and lack tools, education, time and encouragement to question the power structures they live within. It takes some real guts to ask meaning questions, they can threaten your whole identity and understanding of life, the Universe and everything. That's why prophets are all nuts :D

11:20 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Chris,
Beautiful pictures! I think the whole world could benefit if we lived in places like that.
The truth is I do live next to the fast lane in the fourth largest city in America. A lot of those comments are true for the stereotypical, corporate-agressive Americans. Honestly though, most of the wealth, as you can imagine, is tightly held by the 20%, upper and middle class. Most Americans live in smaller cities, and yes we have our cars and well stocked grocery stores but most enjoy a far less competitive life.
My family and I have places nearby to get away too and escape the concrete jungle. We enjoy our Catholic church and we practice serving our God by serving others as a means to shed our countries reputation.
Biking around here is certainly a challenge with most roads being 4 lanes wide in each direction but our club manages to put in 75-100 miles a week and I try to commute to work when possible.
Please inform those that believe that America is doomed to implode on itself that there are quite a few of us trying to restore our image.
Thanks for your great blog and keep posting more pictures. Sometimes we have to live vicariously. :-)

bikejournal username: mjschlei

4:42 am  

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