Beyond stuff

“Live the questions now.”*
(Rainer Maria Rilke)

‘So what don’t we have enough of?

Short answer: Mattering.  Making a difference.  Doing something important.’**
(Hugh Macleod)

The industrial revolutions have been very good at providing us with stuff, more than enough stuff.  Human life has benefited in many ways but not in all ways.  We find we still need to add more.  Otherwise we sleepwalk through consumerist answers being directed at us every day, but we can be awakened by our questions about meaning and “mattering.”  Keri Smith writes:

‘A consumerist system creates a belief in the “scarcity within,” the belief that we need material goods to invoke the imagination, that we are incapable of constructing our own lives out of whatever we have at our disposal, that only others can provide us with the things needed to live.’^

Joseph Campbell offers this:

‘Privation and suffering alone can open the mind to all that is hidden from others.’^^

Beyond all the stuff and its answers, there’re the questions that promise to engage us in a fully awakened life:

‘[T]echnology is not going save us.  Our computers, our tools, our machines are not enough.  We have to rely on our intuition, our true being.’^^

(*Rainer Maria Rilke, quoted in the Northumbria Community’s Morning Prayer.)
(**From gapingvoid’s blog: Our infinite need to be meaningful.)
(^From Keri Smith’s The Wander Society.)
(^^From Joseph Campbell and Bill Moyers’ The Power of Myth.)

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