everything belongs pg 84

December 29, 2005 | Leave a comment

Everything BelongsThis entry is part of a series of significant thoughts from Everything Belongs, by Richard Rohr. See the entry entitled Everything Belongs Reflections for more info.

But when we have too much “I,” with too much “I have a right to,” then we necessarily move to a life of hatred, because all our rights cannot be maintained, as Americans think. When there’s too much “I need,” we are necessarily led to greed. We become a consumer culture.

This pretty much nails me. My most selfish moments are born out of a frustration that somehow I am not going to get what I think I deserve or have coming to me. Doesn’t this define pretty much the root of all rage we see around us in traffic, people thinking they aren’t treated properly by a waiter, etc.?