We live in a culture that thrives on discontentment. We are bombarded with advertising designed to make us discontent with what we own. We are conditioned to be greedy, envious, and perpetually dissatisfied. In such a condition, we can never be happy. Because a person cannot really be happy, unless the person is content.
Of course, should widespread contentment break out, our economy would collapse. In a society like ours, where all true basic needs are met many times over, only discontent can fuel the continued overconsumption necessary to keep the wheels of the phony economy turning. But ironically, if that is the right word, while a contentment epidemic would destroy the materialistic consumer economy, the now-content population wouldn’t care. Because they would be content.
2600 years ago, Lao Tzu wrote, “Be content with what you have. Rejoice in the way things are.”
600 years later the writer of Hebrews wrote, “Keep your lives free from the love of money, and be content with what you have.”
Still seems like good advice to me…