A couple of days ago I caught an episode of the UK series “The apprentice” online. It involves fourteen young yuppies who leave their jobs to vie for one position as head of a multi-millionaire’s company.
It was, by far, the most depressing thing I’ve ever seen, and that’s saying a lot (I mean, I’ve actually seen Lee Evans do stand-up comedy). Fourteen young people utterly enslaved into the worship of money and what they think is power, bowing to the boss: an arrogant, patronising, tough-skinned, abusing, camera-friendly millionaire from East London.
And – woe is you – it got me thinking. I have no problems with businesses, or people making money. I don’t even believe in Communism either – Mr McCarthy would have nothing on me (unless he made it up). But to drop to the point where the sole purpose of your existence is wealth, to be so blind as to extoll your lowest attributes as virtues, to think that turning everything into a career stepping-stone is wisdom – well, that’s just plain sad. And I see people like that even in the impoverished, “noble” profession that I’m in, people whose motto is “dog-eat-dog” and can’t see any further than themselves.
But think: That is the way of the weak; the retreat of the cowards. Why? Because it’s easier to be selfish than caring; to look out for yourself than for others; to pursue money than peace; to build a career than a friendship; to hate than to love; to be bitter than to forgive; to run than to be still; to follow the herd than stand for what is right; to be shallow than deep; to do than to be.
(Dante knew what he was talking about).
I suppose it’s just a way for some people to deal with that hole inside – you know, the one that never fills up no matter what you throw in. You see, for a person to be complete, every niche in his or her soul needs to find that which fills it. But there is one hole – the big one – that nothing in this world can satisfy. Everyone knows about it – everyone more or less feels it. And if they don’t, they’re in trouble.
It’s because once upon a time ago, we were made in God’s image. What does that mean? It means that unless we are in a right, close relationship with Him – as we were created for – that gaping hole will consume us all, and life will never really be balanced.
I know what you’re thinking: Nik’s preaching/sermonising his Christian propaganda again. Maybe you’re right. But, in the same time, are you honest? Because if you are, then you must ask yourself why Nik deems it necessary to say things like that. Why stick Bible passages at the end of every entry?
Why risk cyber-mockery and e-laughter?
Then again, if you’re reading this, you don’t need an answer.
Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also – Matthew 6:19-21
For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? – Matthew 16:26
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. – John 3:16
I am a debtor both to Greeks and to barbarians, both to wise and to unwise. – Romans 1:14