Letter: Culture of greed
The culture of this world puts greed, one of the seven cardinal sins, above any other sin. There was a time before greed set in as a way of life, that the way of life was conserving what the earth had to offer. During the early 19th century and before, the people used only what they needed and not what they wanted. During my life, which started 85 years ago, people used whatever they had until it was no longer useful. A new item was purchased then to replace what was worn out. Now, people use items until a fad brings in something new and the old one discarded even though it was still usable. People handed down items that were usable to the younger generation. My mother kept telling my siblings and me “It is not what you want that makes you fat it is what you get.” Our creator will supply all your needs and not what you want.
Also, prior to greed setting as a way of life, people helped each other out without desiring something in return. During the Depression, we had a farm in Ashfield where we had some farm animals and gardens. My father was a letter carrier in Shelburne and commuted from the farm to Shelburne every day and he brought down excess milk and vegetables and gave them to those that needed them. Also, my mother made extra food and gave it to the many vagabonds that traveled the country trying to find work. My father also gave unemployed people work.
It is my prayer for “the culture of this world to drop their greed to save our planet.”
JOHN H. SHIPPEE Jr.