Is Greed The Motivator?…

While sitting down for my traditional Sunday morning big breakfast. Thanks Pauline. I came across a book review in our local paper for Raj Patel’s new book “The Value Of Nothing: Why Everything Costs So Much More Than We Think” In his book Mr. Patel shares his knowledge and insight on what’s broken with our free market society and our somewhat skewed priorities.

How many of us realize the true price of our insatiable desire to satisfy our cravings and attainment of more stuff? In his book Mr. Patel uses a $4 hamburger to get his point across. If you look at the actual costs associated with that hamburger, both monetarily and environmentally. To produce it from raising and feeding the cattle, slaughtering and processing the meat the transportation and preparation at the restaurant the bill comes to about $200. This is before the environmental costs are factored in. This example only goes to show, that we tend to know the price of everything and the value of nothing.

With our current economic climate and the ecological crisis, capitalism and our current status quo are in deep trouble. Our priorities are out of sync; there is something wrong when we put our cravings for a hamburger or the purchase of an iPod ahead of the well being of ourselves and our planet.

We live in a time in history when there is more than enough food to feed every person on the planet. And yet, the majority of the people are malnourished, while the minority continues to become more and more obese. What does that say about us and our values? Where did we go wrong? How can we fix it? In one word “Generosity”.

The opposite of consumption isn’t thrift, its generosity. We can no longer continue to put our wants ahead of our needs.

Generosity and kindness are what propel us to a higher level of enlightenment and fulfillment.

We are a happier and healthier when we give, not when we take.

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