SENIORS: DANGERS IN IDOLATRY OF MONEYDec 30th, 2013 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Senior Moments Blog
Series: What I Do Matters!
Historic Changes for Seniors
Senior citizens today have lived through enormous changes since our early childhood days. Those of us born during (or at the tail end of) World War II lived through the trauma of depression and loss. We also knew recovery and the joy of life improving. We played with our neighborhood friends without fear of ominous strangers preying on our group. We invented our own games. We had no gadgets to entertain us; it wasn’t until 1953 that my family bought a television set. The radio provided programs for us to listen to, after dinner and dishes. Table games were our favorite activity. Mother taught my sisters and me to play Canasta before we entered Kindergarten, so we could learn our ‘numbers’. Families were the center of our lives and family activity dominated our worlds.
When that scene is compared with family life today, one can identify more differences than similarities. And trying to search history to find where the changes originated, what issues contributed to the changes, is a challenge. Notice we’re saying ‘contributed to’, not ’caused’. There is likely no one cause; rather a series of contributing factors.What might some of them be?
Pope Francis, in his Evangelii Gaudium, recently said this: “We have created new idols. The worship of the ancient golden calf has returned in a new and ruthless guise in the idolatry of money and the dictatorship of an impersonal economy lacking a truly human purpose.”
The Pope is pointing to one of the likely culprits in the disruption of family life and personal growth and development: the idolatry of money. Our economy is based on creating (artificially??) the desire for people to buy more, consume more, discard and then buy more once again. In order for families to do this, they have to have money. Thus the requirement to seek money, above all.
The pursuit of money is the goal, the end-all. There is no ‘truly human purpose’ in the search. When you have enough money, you buy the next item; you use it until it is no longer useful; then you discard it; then you buy the next item. No human purpose in the process whatsoever.
Such destructive behavior leads to disintegration of all that is holy and loving and just in our world! Making changes must start with me, with the individual who declares, “No more!” I will live my life differently. I will be the change I want to see in the world. And I will keep my Light shining in my corner of the world.
Stay tuned for the rest of our series on What I Do Matters!