Especially in the age of electronic media, we are constantly bombarded with what is “the good life.” We need to pay not to have advertisements constantly in our faces when we watch YouTube. Everywhere we look, someone is selling something to us. And if we have no spiritual values in place, we are empty vessels waiting to be molded and shaped by the media.
Fabulous pictures of plastically-enhanced and photoshopped models, garish pop music videos that display what is thought to be opulence, films where everyone lives in amazing houses and works as architects and art gallery owners, give people a false sense of “the good life.” They look at their own lives and measure themselves against these fictional characters. “Wow! Those people have the good life. Look at that Mercedes!” They forget that Lady Di’s life ended in a gorgeous Mercedes when it crashed.
Spiritual richness is a state of knowing who we are as The Eternal Soul. It can’t be bought, slaved for, bargained for, or stolen. It does not crash, burn, or rot away because it is outside of time. When we understand this, the transitory trinkets of this life can still bring a certain kind of joy. We admire them for their beauty, cleverness, form and function. They are a testament to human and Universal creativity. But like a high school student who no longer plays with a baby’s rattle, we have outgrown these toys and they really have no appeal for us as something to own.