The Apprentice, Dragons’ Den, all these property programmes, etc… it’s all about making money. Some of our most popular TV shows (speaking, at least, from a UK perspective) are about making money… and the people who are admired the most are those who make the most money. Could it perhaps be said that the so-called Credit Crunch is a kind of karmic wake-up call? That our society has become so obsessed with the swelling of bank accounts, such that it is even seen as virtuous to do so, that we need to be shaken into realising (or re-realising) that there is so much more to life? It also seems to me, these days, that for every other person you ask, who is undertaking some kind of post-school studies, they are working towards qualifications which have something to do with Accountancy or Business Studies. These are, of course, the kind of skills we need in order to “get on” in any kind of worthwhile “career,” but… what about philosophy, art, healing? What about the non-mechanical, the beautiful, the whimsical, the things that make us human, divine even, the things that stretch not just our intellect, but our creativity? What about the things which nourish our souls?
What about the pure, intrinsic pleasure of Doing Nice Things…?