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Jonal entry 909 | Monday, August 29, 2005
I deferred replying a question last week's writer raised twice and even thought I would ignore it. The question:
And in the follow-up, some stress was added:
My initial reaction was I wouldn't answer it because some one that materialistic, with such base motives, isn't worth the effort. But then I had some second thoughts of my own. And though it's tragic, it's most likely true; "things" probably do give some people, maybe evan a lot of people, motivation to keep on living. I started to write, "I never discuss sports," as the beginning of a discourse on what I think is worth considering legitimate motivation or, to put this idea more philosophically, "legitimate will to live." But then I realized I'd be lying, sort of. The last time someone asked me about the Steelers-Eagles game, my answer was, "no, I didn't see it. But," I tried to feign some enthusiasm, "I heard about it."
I would say I consider discussions about cars a waste of time, but considering the fact that I do discuss cars a lot more than I'm really motivated to do so, it wouldn't be the whole truth. I discuss cars with my sons, who are big car buffs. They can still identify most makes and models on sight, as I used to do back in my own youth, when there were far fewer manufacturers and at least at the time they seemed a lot more varied in external styling than they are these days. But we all need to make "small talk" occasionally, so I wanted to seem to be interested when someone asked me about the Steelers-Eagles game, and why I even save up questions about cars to discuss with my 30ish sons, and also discuss cars with other friends. In fact, I probably encouraged my sons' early interest in cars because it was a subject I knew more about and had more interest in than sports.
And I am something of a fan of high technology, especially some of the etoys discussed here, almost exactly a year ago. But none of these interests could hold my attention long enough to keep me alive more than a week after I'd acquire one, and I refuse to live in a state of constantly planning the next acquisition and being motivated to get more money so I can buy more and better "things." But...some people live that way. In fact, the Lord Himself discussed just that kind of people, and I first heard about that at one of the first sermons that ever "registered" to my consciousness, at a revival meeting in Nanty GloI believe it was in the Fire Hall, circa 1950when I was still in elementary school. The evangelist's topic passage was Luke 12, 16-21, which I'm quoting here from the King James Version, the only one anyone was quoting in those days:
And besides this parable, Jesus also spoke more pointedly about avoiding being motivated by the riches of life, making it a theme in His sermon on the mount:
So yes, I'd say many people take comfort from their toys and riches and even find them enough motivation to keep them going. But they are gods that inevitably fail.
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