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A World A Nation, Lost In Materialism

We have received a notice of rate increases from Time Warner Cable. We have seen gas prices raise daily. Our food prices along with many other consumer products are going up. Corporations have taken jobs abroad. Profits are soaring for companies in a time when unemployment is still high. Massena’s mayor wants pay hikes, taxes go up. The world a nation a township is held in the grip of materiaism and egoism, when excuses are made to justify positions. The word sacrifice has gone drift. It is a bitter cup of coffee we brew.

I would like to paraphrase from the book entitled “A Sense of The Mysterious” by Alan Lightman speaking on the situation our nation and the world has created.

“So it seems that we are running round and round like hamsters on the wheel of capitalism, production, demand, consumption, and huge profits. Instead of slowing down the wheel, increased productivity has only sped it up. Instead of creating breathing spaces in our week, increased efficiency has caused us to work with fewer, faster and longer. In this maze of counter-intuitiveness, it is hard to tell cause from effect, effect from cause. However the larger import seems clear. American nervousness has increased since the invention of greater technology, the pace of daily life has been set by the speed of communications and business. Everything in our lives has become faster and more hurried, more urgent. I cannot help but recall the first lines of William Wordsworth’s poem, which is precise in the way that artists often can divine the future.”

The world is too much with us; late and soon,

Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers;

Little we see in nature that is ours;

We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon!

James Oliver Ryan

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