Opiate of the People
The challenge in our generation is how do you encourage deeper forms of reflection on what makes life worth living in the culture in which we live, when people are bombarded from all sides with multiplicity of not just choices but promises of happiness. Every new product, and gadget in consumer goods could be described as the opiate of the people. They divert attention from deeper issues. The level of happiness does not increase because the wealth increases or a new gadget. I replaced my Iphone, i don’t think I am an ounce happier than when I had the older iphone model. Consumerism has replaced religion in that it promises transcendence but fails satisfaction and then closes us off from searching deeper. Invite someone to take a closer look at Christ and his church.