I look around me at a world in turmoil, confusions, and contradictions. A fast moving, ever changing world where there's no room for planning since plans change as soon as they're being planned.
Yet, despite this fluid kaleidoscope of emotions and fluctuating views and opinions, I see an undercurrent of materialism such as history has probably never experienced before.
Consumerism seems at its highest point ever with people wanting more and more of everything and wanting it now rather than having to wait.
Gone are the days when an advert would imply that you will feel good if you were to purchase a certain product or avail yourself to a service. Now the message seems to be that unless you have this product or service then you're considered a failure, a lesser being, and a reject. Subliminally perhaps, but the message is still there. You can see it in the eyes of the actors promoting the product they sell.
I feel that hope has gone, or perhaps diminished, in the hearts of many. Our lifespan could be in the region of 70 to 100 years if we are so fortunate. But this is a mere blink of an eye compared to eternity.
Could this be the reason why so many are intent on cramming so much in the little time allotted to them?
Could it be ... perhaps that they don't believe in eternity? For many, the belief is that once we die that is the end of everything?
Reminiscent of the phrase from the book of Ecclesiastes in the Bible, "Eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow we die."
Or, as contradicted by Paul in 1 Corinthians 15:32, "if the dead are not raised to life, then, as the saying goes, 'Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we will die.' "
The choice is an individual one for each one of us to make.