“Our world is built on consumption. It’s the raison d’etre of our economic system. A small amount of consumption is needed for survival and a pleasant life, but much of what we consume is only a part of the chase for the particle* state. Look at all the stuff you have bought over the years but never used. It only gave you fleeting pleasure for the brief moment it fed the illusion. Once it stopped doing that, you moved your horizon beyond whatever it was that you purchased, looking for the next boost. If the need for all that stuff suddenly wasn’t there, would it be a real trauma – or would it be an excuse for a wonderful garage sale where you get to meet your neighbors?”
Stuart Wilde, in “Whispering Winds of Change”
* By “particle” state, Mr. Wilde is referring to the human desire to appear separate and better than others; to be an independent particle instead of simply being a part of the overall “wave” of human consciousness.
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