“Anything you cannot relinquish when it has outlived its usefulness possesses you. And in this materialistic age, a great many of us are possessed by our possessions.” – Mildred Lisette Norman
This is an idea that’d been bouncing around in my head for quite some time now and I’ve finally decided to write it down…
Money is not the root of all evil, it’s possession
“Money is the root of all evil” is a saying that has been around for a long, long time.
Lately as I observe the world and the people around me this saying to some degree has become untrue for me. Yes there is a lot wrong with the world today and some of that is due to money, but if you go one step further than that I believe it could be due to one thing, possession….
Let’s think about corporate greed for a moment, this has to be based around money right? But why? Possession.
At the top of each of these corporations, there are people. And these people want to possess the best things – houses, cars, boats, holidays etc.
It is because of their desire to possess these things that corporate greed was born.
Let’s go to the other side of the spectrum now and look at thieves, why do they steal? Possession.
Yes I know, there are legitimately thieves out there who steal just so they can afford to eat, but that’s a whole new issue.
But a majority of people steal to take something they want that’s not theirs, once again cars, money (to possess things), jewellery.. The list goes on.
I don’t know why, but I think its human nature to want to possess things. I feel that part of human nature has been exploited by society.
Everyone is striving to have the best and latest thing…. you want the $500 watch, then the $5000, then the $25,000 and so on. Society has brainwashed us to never be happy with what we have and always want more.
It’s for this reason I think that possession is evil and needs to be changed.
How do we change it?
If everyone just made a conscious effort to be less focused on things/possessions and more on human interactions, living the moment and being more mindful I think the world would be a better place.
Give something away, even if you feel you need it (chances are you don’t) and feel liberated, watch yourself detach from the need to ‘possess’……live!
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