A simple title for a simple post … I would note only that Blessed John Paul’s critique of our culture applies to all of us. None of us, myself of course included, is immune.
“The more one possesses, the more one wants, while the deeper human hopes remain unsatisfied and even stifled.”
“The individual today is often suffocated between two poles represented by the State and the marketplace. At times it seems as though he exists only as a producer and consumer of goods, or as an object of State administration.”
“It is not wrong to want to live better; what is wrong is a style of life which is presumed to be better when it is directed towards ‘having’ rather than ‘being,’ and which wants to have more, not in order to be more but in order to spend life in enjoyment as an end in itself.”