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Materialism and its skewed link to reality


The New Vison, Online Edition

A 14-year old girl in Bushenyi who stoned to death a 40-year-old man she accused of trying rape her is stranded in Police custody. No one has offered to stand surety for her. The girl is an orphan who lives alone with her 9-year-old brother. 

Saddness. Pain. Anger. They're all the emotions that invaded my body after reading the aforementioned paragraph in yesterday's online version of The New Visionone of Uganda's national newspapers. 

It's a horrific reaity that constantly occurs under the unwatchful eyes of people worldwide. It's uncomfortable, in general, for people to see pain, to witness destitution - so in turn, we don't. We shy away from poverty, assuming someone else will take care of it. We don't know what to do, so sadly, we do nothing.  

"Ignorence is bliss" takes on a whole new meaning when it allows people to live in a society that's an unrealistic representation of the rest of the world. Put down the credit card and pick up a newspaper. Materialism can only cloud the minds and hearts of those who let it - and for that population I am truly sorry. I once again revisited this realization when I was unpacking linens in my new home last week. 

"I never want to get to the point where we HAVE to move because we have too much stuff," I told my husband during a casual conversation the following day. "I don't want materialism to become an issue in our household, because then we'll know we've lost sight of what's most important ." He agreed.

Every now and again it's vital to reevaluate where you're at and where you want to be with your personal values. Once decided, grab onto that mindset and make it happen. Buying fewer sheets may not save the world, but it does represent an understanding that, if spread, just might make it a little better.

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  • Sarah 5 years ago

    This is a great article, Jeni. Though I think most people would agree that materialism should be avoided, there is always a gap between thought and action. Articles like this serve as a perfect reminder of how privileged we really are.

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