We've got a sort of brainwashing going on in our country,
Do you know how they brainwash people?
They repeat something over and over.
And that's what we do in this country.
Owning things is good.
More money is good.
More property is good.
More commercialism is good.
More is good, More is good.
We repeat it--and have it repeated to us--
over and over until nobody bothers to
The average person is so fogged up by
all of this, he has no perspective
on what's really important anymore.
Wherever I went in my life,
I met people wanting to gobble up something new.
Gobble up a new car.
Gobble up a new piece of property.
Gobble up the latest toy.
And then they wanted to tell you about it.
'Guess what I got? Guess what I got?'
You know how I interpreted that?
These people were so hungry for love that
they were accepting substitutes.
They were embracing material things
and expecting a sort of hug back.
But it never works.
You can't substitute material things for love
or for gentleness or for tenderness
or for a sense of comradeship.
Money is not a substitute for tenderness,
and power is not a substitute for tenderness.
I can tell you, as I am sitting here dying,
when you most need it,
neither money nor power
will give you the feeling you're looking for,
no matter how much of them you have.
~ Morrie Schwartz, quoted by Mitch Albom
in 'Tuesdays with Morrie'