Have you noticed that the mainstream culture has become increasingly focused on disposability?
Regardless of the reasons for this phenomenon, it does not seem in any way healthy to allow the worldview of disposable products, or scarier, people, to sink into our consciousness.
A benign example revealed itself to me recently when an acquaintance passed by, and was visibly distraught. He explained that he had spilled on his t-shirt and needed to go to the mall to buy a new one. Hmmmm. That’s right, he said he needed to. Not because he had somewhere to be and didn’t have time to go home to change, he just needed a new one.
What ever happened to washing, aka “doing laundry”? I was very confused. Furthermore, whatever happened to owning clothing that one cherished for decades and took care of properly? People used to (and still should) repair torn or broken items, owning fewer items that they enjoyed more. The resources and energy used to manufacture goods is just too costly to continue with the culture of disposability.
I am choosing not to discuss here the negative ways in which many people treat each other: competitively, disrespectfully, egocentrically, and with an air of disposability. All one has to do is observe, so I will keep this post positive! For the pure-hearted, it is not pleasant to be reminded of the selfish amongst us- the wolves in sheep’s clothing. (For safety reasons, please do be aware, though!)
This is a brief note about creating a cherishing culture, in opposition to the mainstream emptiness of the disposable culture. You deserve a rich life, despite your income level, despite how many t-shirts you own! The paradox is that those who are materially rich (or any other category which on a superficial level is deemed desirable) are not always spiritually rich, and do not cherish!
Don’t cheat yourself from a colorful, wealthy, appreciative life! (No matter what you have, physically) Life is a blessing!
It is my hope, as we approach Thanksgiving, that we can cherish the people who contribute positively to our lives, cherish all of the good work we have done so far in our lives, and (less importantly) cherish the material items we have been blessed with and enjoy.
I certainly appreciate all of my students. Thank you all for doing excellent work this year to improve your lives. It has been a true honor to be a small part of your epic journey!