“IMAGINE” – NO TENTH COMMANDMENT, NO CONTENTMENT
Following each Commandment, we’re “imagining” a world without religion, without any reason for any of the Commandments, without any reason to hold on to the wisdom of the past — because the “modern world” is so wise and important, you know. We can do quite well without God.
So, now, no 9th Commandment, which had told us not to covet (desire) the things our neighbor has, and certainly not to act on that covetousness.
Coveting happens within us, and it’s there that our desires make us restless until they’re fulfilled. Our desires make us feel unfulfilled! Imagine a world in which we always have unfulfilled desires that take up our thoughts and attention and our energies. Always a restless, nagging, niggling feeling that we “need” something. We’re doing without. There’s something we should have.
Imagine a world in which there are ubiquitous messages telling us we should have more or we should want this or that, and no matter how disruptive those messages are, “wanting more” is “good” for our economy. How else could we sell the abundance of trivia that is produced. How else could we sell the latest and most insignificant improvements on the material goods that people already have? How else to keep people working, working, working, and thinking about money — so that consumers’ desires can be met?
No wonder so few people take time “to smell the roses.”
Imagine a world in which there is no time for intangible goods and impractical activities. A world in which all our thoughts and plans and activities must lead to some practical result.
The Bottom Line rules. Because if you take your eyes off the Bottom Line, you’ll not be able to obtain those things which you covet.
Quantity or Quality in life?
Coveting has the answer!
But God, knowing us well, says: “Thou shalt not covet.” “Thou shalt . . . just relax.” “The lilies of the field take no thought wherewith they shall be clothed; they neither toil nor spin, and yet God has arrayed them (in clothing) greater than the golden, bejewelled robes of King Solomon!”
Coveting cancels out our sense of God’s loving care for us and teaches us that there is no God who loves and cares, and we have to take care of our own interests. No room for God?
Then coveting is your answer. It is a good motivator.
And a cruel, exhausting slave master.