Monday, October 22, 2018

What do you want when you already have everything you need?

The greatest challenge in our modern society is to live simply and simply live.

We strive after all kinds of the ten thousand things whether they be material, psychological, and social. We want more of every thing and, of course, better. This striving causes all kinds of problems.

We are reminded that when we die "you can't take it with you," and this is more easily understood as material things, and more difficult to understand with psychological and social things like reputation, how history will remember us, and, of course, our legacy.

It is written in the Tao Te Ching that "It is more important to see the simplicity, to realize one's true nature, to cast off selfishness and temper desire."

The Buddha tells us something similar when he taught that the source of suffering is attachement.

Jesus tells us that the only thing important, if we are to gain the Kingdom, is Love. "Love as I have Loved," Jesus tells us who lived the simplist of all lives as an itinerant teacher.

Unitarian Univeralistism asks very little of us other than to covenant together, and by this is meant transgeneratiionally as well as peer to peer, to affirm seven principles which assure us of the inherent worth and dignity of every person no matter what, and that we are a part of an interdependent web of existence which betows upon us magnificent wealth such that nothing else is needed.


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