Another Victim of the Material World
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Run, don't walk.
For all of the trappings, the material world pales considerably to the spiritual. Are the two mutually exclusive? Are these bracelets...or are they handcuffs?
We see images of poverty so often. And it is the poor and those who are without that we all should strive to remedy. But there are also trappings of wealth and what is considered "success" that bind and enslave humans. It is not as easy to sympathize with people who are not "without" or
impoverished. It seems ridiculous. But sadly, there are people who are trapped in situations with unhealthy elements because they cannot afford to leave. It is the classic abuse scenario - the dependent person cannot leave the wage earner because he or she is financially dependent. Facing impoverishment, the dependent person may decide to leave anyway, or stay, and tolerate the abuse......The bracelets become handcuffs; the handcuffs become bracelets.
Also by L Hartley
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