The religion of materialism
I’m in Edmonton for thanksgiving. As I toured around I met some people who are cashing in on the Alberta “gold rush.” Huge houses, new cars, big bills and an unflinching dedication to the acquisition of more stuff. It is a religion all to its own.
A couple of people made remarks about our main family vehicle. In my eyes the Toyota Echo is a remarkably efficient, adequately roomy, reliable vehicle. In the eyes of the people I met it was a tin can not worth driving. The acquisition of bigger and better things is the new religion. The sinners are those who choose to live measured and moderate lives. It made me appreciate Saskatoon so much more.
I reject these values. I love buying new gadgets when they become affordable but I see no need to live in a house that costs more to heat than I pay in rent. I see no need to drive an expensive car. What do those things bring us?