The perils of materialism

The perils of materialism

Fr Bernard McGrath

In our comfortable world, there is a danger that "need" can become "greed" as consumerism leads us into waste, injustice and flabbiness. The throwaway society even extends, by some false rationalisations, to human lives now. Who will decide your "use-by" date, by the way?

Power presentations of advertisement pander to our softness, and the life of acquisitions largely becomes the measure of our worth and success.

Many believe they have the "right" to do what they like, regardless of their duties and the rights of others. But no one has the "right" to do wrong by any measure.

The excess of alcohol and gambling; the unnatural use of drugs, porn and of same-sex and rainbow-sex lifestyles; the arbitrary termination of the lives of the unborn, the elderly and the disabled, are destroying our civilised life.

Do we want to make society itself like a quality-controlled animal breeding farm for producing only the most useful commodities? What has become of our moral capital in having the greatest respect for the dignity and inherent value of human life from conception to natural end?

It seems imperative that all unnatural behaviours must be resisted by the rule of law to prevent harm and exploitation, until we can restore this respect for human life, our greatest value, asset and resource.

This is self-defence not bigotry. Education in virtue is badly needed for mature citizens to value and support family and community life, and to promote the arts, crafts, hobbies and sports which nurture a healthy nation.

FR BERNARD MCGRATH
Bendigo, Vic

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