Tuesday, November 30, 2010

conspicuous consumption anyone

You can imagine my disappointment when I went to order this advent calendar, for my bride, only to find out they were sold out.

I guess it is for the best because I am not sure the brushed aluminum box is recyclable and it would make the George Foreman grill I got her for Christmas seem kinda anticlimactic.

“Only the Christian Church can offer any rational objection to a complete confidence in the rich. For she has maintained from the beginning that the danger was in not in man’s environment, but in man. Further, she has maintained that if we come to talk of a dangerous environment, the most dangerous of all is the commodious environment. I know that most modern manufacture has been really occupied in trying to produce an abnormally large needle. I know that the most recent biologists have been chiefly anxious to discover a very small camel. But if we diminish the camel to his smallest, or open the eye of the needle to its largest—if, in short, we assume the words of Christ to have meant the very least that they could mean, His words must at the very least mean this—that rich men are not likely to be morally trustworthy. Christianity even when watered down is hot enough to boil all modern society to rags.” GKC

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