In the world we live in everyone wants to prosper economically. Though, even when some already have, they always seek for more. Of course, we can´t exclude everyone else from that. Society always wants more. There is an emptiness that needs to be filled, but when it comes to wanting to fill it, people seek what is seen and not what is not seen. This includes fame, riches, natural beauty, etc. No matter how much we have confirmed over and over again that, that won´t fill us in any way, people still seek it. It is nothing more than the stubborness and pride of the heart of man that leads his path to corruption. The false feeling that we can control our lives and be the masters of it. What people don´t see is that they are not really being their own masters, but are being controlled by everything they serve. Hence, comes the disatisfied feeling of wanting more. They go back into trying to fill themselves with all those things again without realizing they are living in a vicious circle. Then, the media and everything around them entertain, and fill them with the same thoughts and ideas. They hear many voices that confuse them, which result in fear. It has been seen, however, that fear comes from consciously knowing we are not in control. (Unless, we know for certain that God is, and we trust Him). As a matter of fact, we see this repeatedly in movies. People then try to satisfy themselves and feel “secure” by placing “superhumans” at their service. Unlikely, when it comes to robots people despise them, for it is the same pride of man that tries to make itself feel superior. No matter how much we truly know we are not in control, the majority prefer to ignore it and stick to their ego trying to believe they are the supreme being that has ever existed, and that will ever exist. After this, comes the betrayal from humans to God. Even those who believe in God are most of the times deceived by the voices that fills their ego. This is because of generations that have been formed in a way that listens to every voice, except God´s. Many, and I could say the majority deny God´s voice, for His voice will always take to you die to yourself. This is the beginning of following Jesus.
If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple.
One thing I know for sure is that when you decide to listen to the voice of God, and deny every other voice, you will always have clarity, and true freedom. That feeling of always wanting more will have gone away, and you will feel filled.
Why do I begin with this? One of the questions that has been on the mind of many economists is: Why do voters accept the riches of movie stars, but resent the riches of businessmen? Though it has been answered in many ways, I will answer it again.
People walk and illusively “advance” in ego. A movie star gives the person a certain, false feeling of identity. Many are the ones that try to take an identity, or feeling of “security” in what they see on T.V. Nowadays, people identify themselves with a certain actor or actress. They feel they are part of something, and therefore, important.
As for the businessmen, they are humans that are moved by their own ego in order to achieve their goals. This means they are continously competing against each other, for only one will reach the top of the pyramid. To the eyes of the public this is unfair, unequal, and therefore, resentful. Few are those that can reach that certain place of “success”, so, since they can´t be a part of that, they resent it. What they don´t see is that the false identity they are trying to take with the movie stars is illusive. People gain nothing with following a famous person or celebrity. However, they think they are gaining self-esteem, security, identity, but in the end they feel empty. The businessmen believes he is gaining riches, power, control, fame, but in the end he feels empty.
These are the last words of Steve Jobs:
“I have come to the top of success in the businesses. To the eyes of everyone else, my life has been the symbol of success. However, apart from the job, I have few joy. Finally, my riches are no more than a fact in which I am used to.
In this moment, laying in the hospital bed, and remembering all my life, I realize that all the praises and riches that I was so proud of, have turned into something insignificant onto the imminent death. In the darkness, when I see the green lights of the equipment for the artificial breathing, and I feel the buzzing of its mechanical sounds, I can feel the breathing of the proximity of death that´s nearing me. Only now I understand, once one accumulates enough money for the rest of his life, that we have to pursue other objectives that are not realted to riches.
It has to be something more important:For example, the stories of love, the art, the dreams of my childhood…
Not stopping to pursue riches, can only convert a person in a twisted being, like me. God has formed us in a way that we can feel love in the heart of each and every one of us, and not illusions constructed by the fame, nor the money I won in my llfe, that I cannot take with me. I can only take with me the memories that were strengthened by love. This is the true wealth that will follow you; it will accompany you, it will give you the strength and the light to keep going. Love can travel thousands of miles, and that way life has no limits. Move where you want to go. Push yourself to get to the goals you wish to reach. Everything is in your heart and in your hands. Which is the most expensive bed in the world? The hospital bed. You, if you have money, you can hire someone to drive your car, but you can´t hire someone to take your sickness instead of you carrying it yourself. The material things that are lost can be found. But there is one thing that can never be found when it´s lost: life.
Whatever it is the stage that we are in right now, at the end we will have to face the day when the curtain will fall. Make treasure in the love for your family, in the love for your husband or wife, in the love for your friends… Treat yourselves well, and take care of your neighbor.”
In other words, it is ego that makes the difference between resenting a businessmen, and accepting a movie star. Although, pride is the one that veils the eyes of men to not follow God and love, the cross is the one that takes you to listen to the voice of God and love. From the moment Adam ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil humanity turned away from God, and served its own ego. Notwithstanding, from the moment Jesus died on the cross He gave us a second chance to go back to Him, and serve love. Hence, serve God, for God is love.
1 Jon 4:8
He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.
Even if we do something good for society, what is it that impulses us to do it? Fame, riches, the illusive meaning of success, or love? The answer to every economic debate or problem is not in any economic system. It is not in giving man the “control”. It is not in convincing people what they should follow. It is not in resenting a businessman, and accepting a movie star, or vice versa. It is not in making everyone rich, and filling their ego. The answer lies in love.