Well, May 21st came and went and we’re all still here. I’ll admit I wasn’t worried that we wouldn’t be, but you never know.
Speaking of the anticipated rapture, I was reading a post written by Laura from Smash Your T.V. and Have Adventures this weekend. It was about an end-of-times sale she spotted on Craig’s List where a few nonbelievers were putting out a request for people’s worldly belongings. There was a common theme throughout the ads that indicated the *stuff* the believers would be leaving behind would be gladly taken over by the nonbelievers placing the ads.
Laura’s post was interesting in that it brought to light the importance we as a culture place on things over people at times. It’s sad really, that when the possibility of a great human separation is in question, all some could think about was how to get their hands on the possessions of those that were leaving this world.
The entire situation reminded me of a movie I saw a few years back called The Gods Must be Crazy. The film is a comedy released in 1980, but most of what I saw when watching the film was a truth so deep that the movie lingers in my mind years after viewing.
For those of you that haven’t seen the film, it’s based on a tribe of humans living in the Kalahari dessert called the Bushman tribe. The Bushman tribe is completely removed from civilization and live together in peace and contentment…until an unexpected gift from the gods drops from the sky. A glass Coke bottle.
To make a long story short, the glass Coke bottle creates all kinds of havoc within the tribe as the concept of ownership enters the tribe’s peaceful world. After all, there is only one Coke bottle, but a dozen or so Bushmen.
If you have 15 minutes and are interested in getting a taste of The Gods Must be Crazy, I’ve embedded a YouTube clip below for your viewing pleasure.
Obviously it isn’t practical for us all to dump all of our worldly possessions and conveniences to go live off the land in the dessert like the Bushman tribe. But the film does make me wonder how much better off we would be if there were less material items that separated us from one another.
What if we all adopted minimalism? What if our focus on consumption took a back seat to a collective focus on the betterment of humanity? What if there was less me, and more we?
These certainly aren’t new or groundbreaking questions — they’re just at the top of mind today.
What do you think? If we all focused more on our relationships with each other, and less on the acquisition of coveted things, how different would our world be? At what point does technology stop helping us and start stifling us spiritually and emotionally? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below.
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