People that live on planet Terra, please stop writing 'borders' as 'boarders' and 'lose' as 'loose'. That's all I ask at this point anymore..
Materialism is overrated..
I wasn't aware it was RATED. It's just one of those things people flock to worship.
I suspect there are multiple reasons for this - one is, matter is very 'obvious' in this world, you can see it, touch it, mold it, manipulate it and
so on. It's very "real" in the most obvious way for someone that comes here to visit by incarnation or other methods.
Another reason is that the physical body people inhabit in a physical world is made out of what seems to be 'matter' (of course even all 'matter' is
fundamentally energy, atoms, and what some might call 'probability waves', which is just a stupid way to describe a creative spirit of the Universe -
we need more theological terms to describe the fundamentals of reality accurately).
Third reason is, existence in a physical world, when you are trapped in a physical body that has all kinds of annoying needs, is pretty difficult to
sustain without some level of 'matter-hoarding'. You need to constantly obey the demands of this petulent child that is your physical body. It demands
rest, sustenance, exercize, air, and 'comfortable temperature', for the lack of a better word.
However, this is not even enough, you need to drape it in something to protect it from damage and pain, and to control and prevent hormonal reactions
your physical form would cause in other people (partially also for your own protection). Then you need to find some sort of 'dwelling' to exist in, or
it's going to be a very miserable existence indeed, as being constantly 'outside' at the mercy of the elements is a very rough way to exist.
It's not enough to have these things, you need to 'keep having them' - in other words, for continued or extended visitation, you need to keep getting
more sustenance on an almost daily basis for your physical form to function properly, you need more than one form of draping, or the layer of matter
surrounding your physical vessel becomes harmful and unpleasant and start attacking your body's senses.
Not only that, but either you need to keep acquiring and hoarding more and more of these drapings people call 'clothes', just so this unpleasant
sense-attack is avoided or at least delayed, or you need to cleanse the previously bacteria-contaminated piles of drapings.
This requires chemicals, facilities and so on. Also, resting is pretty difficult at the mercy of the nature, but even if your dwelling, you are going
to require something relatively soft to lay the physical tool on, so the resting can happen, or you only get rudimentary rest and will remain tired.
I could go on, but I think most of us get the point; it's pretty cumbersome and requires a lot of 'materialism' JUST to exist, even if you don't do
anything but just try to exist as long as possible. The physical vessel requires a LOT of work just to be maintained, so even if you don't actually DO
anything but stand or sit around all day, you are going to need a huge pile of matter, and you are going to need continuous flow of new matter almost
In a situation like this, of course 'materialism' rears its ugly head - it's hard to eat a prayer or build shelter from meditation (though if you are
advanced enough, let's say an ADEPT, you don't need to worry about any of that, as you don't need to eat because you get energy directly from the
Universe, and you don't need clothes because you can regulate your temperature with energy, and heal yourself and so on - so basically you can walk in
a snow blizzard naked comfortably, but most people are not adepts in this world, so it's a bit of a moot point).
It's SO easy to rationalize things towards the materialistic side, it's a miracle there even are any spiritual people in this kind of a world.
It's just that when you DO have 'all your bodily needs met' (more or less), you start to feel a bit empty. As a Cosmic Messenger once said, 'human
does not live out of bread alone' (paraphrasing). You can't live just from material things, something important is going to be missing.
Many people practice 'social materialism', they think that by replacing a new TV with people, they're not materialistic somehow. Of course they are,
it's the same, exact thing, except you're just making people into objects without which you think you can't survive. (You can)
Truly independent people do not need other people.
I know, in a sense, we all need other people, because someone brings food to the stores and blahblah, but I mean 'in your own life', you don't
necessarily _NEED_ other people. I am talking about relationships, friends, families, 'social networks' of that type.
People are not the answer to 'I don't want to be a materialist'. People come and go, they incarnate and deincarnate (you might think of this as 'birth
and death', a bit erroneously), and as Charlie Brown once said, 'someone would leave - someone always leaves'.
So if matter and people are not the answer, what is the answer?
Religions have existed for a very long time, but there isn't a 'perfect religion' - they have become stuffy, unliving structures, petrified systems
for dead people that do not understand what 'life' really means.
You don't need a religion to touch the divine - you don't need some atheist pastor to monotonously preach dead words to you, whose meaning they don't
even understand to reach The Creator.
If we think of the Creator as omnipotent, then we must realize that omnipresence and omniscience go together with that word - you can't be any of
those three without being all those three. I know it's a bit debatable, but when you really think about it, you should realize it's true.
This means The Great Spirit is EVERYwhere, we don't have to go some people-fabricated building called 'church' to be able to meet Him. We are
unalienable parts of The Unnamed - we are like drops of water separated from the ocean, or sparks of electricity separated from the main flow.
We can understand how important material and matter are to the physical body, while still understanding we can't live off off material alone - we need
something more permanent, something more eternal than just 'maintenance tools' of the physical body, for our innermost self to be satisfied.
There's a reason why so many people turn to drink or drugs (or both) - there's a void inside of us, when we're not connected to the Hand that Created
us. We try to fill that void, in an almost panicky reaction, with something that we think will bring us pleasure, and then we think we're satisfied.
But we're not.
It's of course useless to preach that materialism is bad to someone, whose body is reacting painfully to a situation where its needs are not met.
Still, poor people can be spiritual just as well.
As the Zen koan goes, 'Poverty is your treasure. Never exchange it for an easy life.'
We learn more from hardships and suffering than easy, relaxing times where we don't have to encounter anything difficult.
I don't know how 'overrated' 'materialism' is - I just know that people flock to it because it's so logical and easy to do, but they forget what they
REALLY need in the process, and it's just sad to watch. If matter was all we need, rich people would never be angry or problematic, they would never
do drugs or commit suicides, they would not be greedy and selfish, now would they?