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carly42
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Listened to a sermon yesterday.  He used the Pharrell Williams "Happy" song as part of his illustration.

Come along if you think that happiness is a truth,

Come along if you know what happiness is to you,

Come along if you feel that that's what you want to do.

It's a great little song and makes me happy to watch it.  However, the pastor made the point that the roots of addiction lie in this type of belief, any addiction- food, drugs, sex, social media, etc.  Truth or authenticity in life do not guarantee happiness and may be more likely to guarantee the opposite.  Happiness is transitory at best.

My grandparent's generation were taught (and in turn taught the greatest generation) that life was not about them.  Period.  My grandmother did not believe in buying anything with plastic.  "Why get it if you don't have the money?"  Not a bad way to begin focusing on other priorities.

I pulled my kids out of public school in the 1990s when it was apparent they were "teaching" moral relativism.  How's that working out now?

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@carly42 I love your comment.

In order to live in truth you have to think for yourself and focus on the good, true and beautiful. Crazy to think that that demands we be brave, since it's not the norm. Crazy to think that not spending money frivolously on plastic is abnormal! People shop for fun and to relax. I can only imagine what your grandmother would say about that.

You touched on addiction. That's such a huge subject - all of the things we're addicted to as a whole. Imagine going a week without junk food, etc. - your whole list. Most people would lose their minds. After that week they'd go right back. Maybe a few wouldn't and they'd find purpose. Some would try to for a while, but end up in old patterns anyway - that would be me because I know I'm addicted to things and it holds me back. I struggle with it constantly. Good to know I realize it, at least.

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I would support that statement by saying that materialism, convenience and victim mentality (among other things) have contributed to people feeling purposeless. These things replace spirituality of any kind. Throw in the abundance of screens and constant flickering and information or whatever throwing itself at everyone who partakes. It's soul draining.

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@ Dolce Agreed! Too much screen time is damaging, for sure. And we all struggle with some form of addiction, I suspect.  Maybe finding something outside ourselves that is service-related is key.  Did America lose its way?  If so, how did we get it so wrong?  I feel like we've been careless with our freedom.

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@carly42 It's been a very slow loss, imperceptible almost. What's convenient (in place of freedom) to us would seem insane to people who lived 100 years ago. I'm pretty sure most would be aghast at our lifestyles!

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