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Consumerism is deeply enmeshed in the psyche of most Americans. Not only are we rewarded for spending money, we are cajoled and encouraged to do so. The advertising industry, itself a hugely profitable business, is paid to inform people that what they have, is not enough.

In fact, what each person has is indeed enough. Sin is not a Buddhist concept in the manner as understood by Westerners. Sin, as implied by Buddhism, is that which stands between an individual and the melding into the Oneness that will convey bliss. Greed can be seen as a sin, because this emotion will strengthen the feelings of division within the individual.

The emotion will strengthen a perception of lacking on an individual basis. In truth, this does not exist. Neither is poverty a virtue. Poverty will as surely set up the illusion of lack, when in reality it may only be the universal cry of “I want”, of the childish mind.

Consumerism is an artificial system that has been created for the manipulation of the many for the few. Currently, as consumers live in their cluttered homes with limited spaciousness and enormous debt, the silliness of consumerism is an easy argument. Ten years ago, at the height of the consumer-mentality, the person suggesting moderation would have not been taken so seriously.

This unfolding of fortunes is the materialization of the abstract concept of letting go in order to uncover more. The more we try to hold on to, the farther we move from our true nature and the Oneness that is bliss.

The individual who understands the value of peace, contentment, and intrinsic value of oneself, can be the recipient of spaciousness both physical and emotional. The need to buy material products to prove one’s worth is irrelevant.

Lack of material possessions, after the requisite food, shelter, and clothing, leaves enormous room for delving into bountiful nature, peaceful sleep, enjoyable contemplation and activities with friends and family.

And the lack of debt needs no discussion.

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Source by Mary Dubitzky

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