It's obvious in the actions of multimillionaires who have more money than they can ever spend, but aren't philanthropic.
With people who surround themselves with so much stuff there is literally no place for another human to be present.
Les Stroud, creator of Survivorman, has often said that there is virtually no place on earth that is untouched by human waste.
Now, we have LITERALLY seen a shift.
Human-made mass finally exceeded Earth’s total living biomass this year.
STUFF LITERALLY TAKES MORE MASS THAN LIFE.
I talk about stuff a lot, seeing as I'm an organizer. It always amazes me how much we all have, myself included.
Where it really starts to bother me, however, is when stuff replaces relationships, and people's greed for belongings outshadows their concern for others.
I have not personally experienced this. I have worked with clients from a wide variety of backgrounds. I have taken truckloads of items for donations, to schools, nonprofit organizations, and churches. I share MY joy, on behalf of my clients, in doing so.
I did not grow up with a lot, but I also never lacked. I complained, as teenagers are wont to do, about not having all the trendy clothes (parachute pants, rainbow sweaters, jerseys with names on the back...I'm SOOO dating myself). It's all perspective, isn't it?
As we have reached this pinnacle of manufactured goods equalling living mass, scientists predict there is no turning back. The first few minutes of the movie WALL-E illustrate this grim picture of the future.
We are not called to judge. We are called to be human. To help. To connect. To learn. To grow. It is often not our first inclination, but I hope, for all, it is our last.
Is there anything in your life that you can do, right now, to enrich the life of others, improve your relationships, decrease your footprint of "stuff" on the planet?
Let me know if I can help.