It’s been snowy and awfully cold here these past few days (-7 f) and the wood burning stove has been busy in the shop, as have I. But one thing on my mind has been in these holiday times: materialism. Of course, it is with us in the west most everyday, but during Christmas it seems, well…so over bearing.
However, recently I was reminded that there is a difference between material goods and good material. We do live in a material world, but we need to remember that we live in a material world; a world of things and stuff. These things need to be treasured and looked upon as the good that they are. I was reminded of this yesterday while trying to decide what to do with the two massive cherry slabs I recently acquired.
These slabs remind me of the importance of putting importance on material things. There is a cost to all the things that we buy, from iPhones to cherry slabs but it is not only the monetary costs, it is the real, the material costs that we need to always remember.
Looking out over my acreage, it is covered in forest, I am reminded of how much lesser the land would be without its beauty; I am reminded that this beauty is not wasted, but is wonderful; it is not resources, but reality. The difference between material goods and good material is the real cost of taking these things from the world that we live in and the world we want to live in.