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Americans are encouraged to evaluate their lives on the basis of their possessions. Do you own a home? What kind of vehicle do you drive? How old is it? How hi-tech is your computer? Can your cell phone take pictures? And on and on.

We live in a consumer society, controlled by corporations who want us to spend, spend, spend. The media constantly blare this message, not only through advertising, but also through program content. Our values have become corrupted through this bombardment.

Meanwhile our schools, health care, families, neighborhoods are in deep trouble. Our quality of life, by many standards, is low, although the quantity of our possessions may be high.

Luke 12: 14Then Jesus said to the crowd,
"Take care to guard against all greed,
for though one may be rich,
one 's life does not consist of possessions. "

All this may change in the next couple of years, if the American economy crashes, as many expect it to. With peak oil, the drain of the Iraq occupation, the drain of disasters, the huge national debt, the tougher bankruptcy law- the American middle class is in danger of disappearing. We may experience the sort of belt-tightening that many Latin American nations have gone through.

Will our values change? Will we become more interested in truth, integrity, cooperation and sharing, justice and love? This is our challenge, as we reap the financial ruin that Bush has inflicted upon us.
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In the name of the Prince of Peace, Carol Wolman
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Carol S. Wolman, MD is a psychiatrist in Northern California. A lifelong peace activist, she is helping to distribute a Peace Plan for the Holy Land- email her for a copy. She also a film producer with Paradise Cove Productions.


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