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Justifiably Wrong


Maybe I’m wrong on this one. I don’t know. Why do some people have the need to separate the material life from the spiritual life, like having two separate rules for each? Some of us have this need to justify the way we live in this life in the physical world. Yes it is true that our bodies have real needs like food and water. Yes it is also true that populations of people live a certain way. Most of us work to receive money so that we can use that money to buy the things we call necessities. But how much of what we buy are truly needed?  Do we work to truly sustain us, or do we work for some perverse goal, whether it is to pay our bills or buy a house or make a car payment? Do we really need to own anything. Yes it would be nice to have a shelter we can call home, but do we need extravagant homes? Do we really need closets full of clothes? How much can we consume, or how much will we consume before we say it is enough?

I have been asked if I live the life I have suggested as possible, and the answer is no. It isn’t because I don’t believe in what I have said. It is because I am weak and I admit that. I am weak, because I do find it difficult to give those creature comforts up, even though I do know that people struggle every day. I am weak because I ask of others what I cannot yet do myself. However, just because my thoughts may be ideal does not make them wrong. If we don’t dare to challenge the status quo, how will things change? Must not we make the conscious effort to realize that what we do may not be right, before we can make those changes? If we continue to justify our means despite what we know to be right, are we not part of the problem?

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