July 8th, 2009


But I Want It Now!

I think that the biggest problem with humans is that we always want what we know — consciously or sub-consciously — that we cannot have. Whether it be mates or superficial things such as money, cars, homes, boats, etc.

Why is this? What is this racial obsession with the acquisition of goods, especially those that others have and we don't? Such coveting is partly responsible for crime as well as good nature competition. We compete for limited resources (although some are made to seem limitless by the sheer volume of what is made), some of which are worth competing for (mates, food and water, shelter) while the rest is cruft (like iPods, mp3 players, cell phones, etc.) A good question to ask now is how do we not covet what others want? How do we tune out that which is unimportant? Is this racial obsession over coveting what others have ingrained into our very nature from evolution (or creation or what have you)? If so is it ever really possible to overcome this instead of having a constant policing action on your every thought and action? Or is this something that is only culturally ingrained (and only slightly less difficult to over come)?

Feel free to comment with what you think the answer is, but I think the Christian Bible provides two good rules to keep you out of trouble in this case.

Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's wife.
Thou shalt not covet they neighbor's goods.

It's a good hands and minds off policy. If your neighbor has something you want, chances are now a days you can go out and find something (or someone) similar.

[tags]philosophy, religion[/tags]

Originally published at Ameliorations 1.0.