Thursday, January 29, 2009

Can't get no satisfaction

Results of a Pew Research Center survey released recently showed that nearly half of Americans are not satisfied with where they live. Among the findings:
"City residents disproportionately are more likely than people living in other types of communities to say they would prefer to live in a place other than a city," Morin says. "Fewer than half of all city residents say there is no better place to live than in a city."

Good grief! Many Americans are not satisfied with their possessions, and spend most of their energy trying to acquire more. And now, to think that many Americans want to live somewhere other than where they live. Something is wrong with this picture!

And down the hallways of time, I hear the Apostle Paul slowly proclaiming, "I've learned in whatsoever state I am therewith to be content."

1 comment:

inchristus said...

But of course when the world is the only place in which we seek our happiness, then we're destined to discontent. I'm reminded of Pascal:

"What else does this craving, and this helplessness, proclaim but that there was once in man a true happiness, of which all that now remains is empty print and trace? This he tries in vain to fill with everything around him, seeking in things that are not there the help he cannot find in those that are, though none can help, since this infinite abyss can be filled only with an infinite and immutable object; in other words by God himself." -Pascal, Pensees (148/428)