I saw this on the street just yesterday: Oh, eyeroll. My response:
When it’s time to pass the collection plate, spirituality suddenly doesn’t mind materialism so much. The spiritual organizations, too, will perish if all they get from their members is a smile and the repetition of a careworn story about a baby born in a barn.
We could admit that we devote ourselves to our jobs, and acknowledge that money matters a great deal as our culture’s symbolic representation of workers’ time and effort. We could stop denying our desire for material goods, and instead try to understand that desire, thus savoring every last bit of material worth in our purchases instead of buying obsessively and then discarding what we buy in purges of guilt.
“If you hate a person, you hate something in him that is part of yourself. What isn’t part of ourselves doesn’t disturb us… The things we see are the same things that are within us. There is no reality except the one contained within us.”