Consumerism is more like a religion than religions are. Its temples, real and virtual, draw millions of adherents on every day and night of the week. All the festivals are celebrated. Nobody is turned away. And via the act of acquisition, we’re happy again.
Don’t forget that failure is your friend. So when it knocks at your door, make it some tea. After the age of 30, says Richard Rohr, success has nothing more to teach us.
Resisting what happens, wanting what happens, fleeing from what happens—these are roads to isolationism; they’re clogged with the avaricious, the foolhardy and the fearful. Take the road less travelled. Welcome whatever enters your field of awareness. Then merge with it.