AmberV wrote:But, I wasn't. I was remarking upon cultural trends, not any individual person. I think it is wise that you fortify yourself, and exert your energy into staying rooted. Do you think all of this would be necessary if the culture trend did not exist? Your testimony of personal diligence is only necessary in a culture that encourages that which you defend against.
Buddha was teaching non-attachment 500 years before Christ, and the idea of possessions as an obstacle to personal growth was old even then. This particular cultural trend is probably as old as humanity.
Which doesn't mean it isn't important, or that we shouldn't fight against it, just that we need to be aware of what we're up against.