The Greatest of These….

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PHOTO PROMPT © Marie Gail Stratford

Kamal came to a stop and stared at Bloomingdales.  I had forgotten that he had lived most of his tender years in a small village in Sudan.  The sight of mighty Chicago must have been extreme culture shock.

“Awe inspiring, isn’t it?” I asked.

He shook his head.  “No, I just realized what I had been missing about America.”

“Oh?”

“In all cultures, people build monuments to their religion, to their gods.”

“Right.”

“And they always ensure that the most important gods have the most important structures.”

“Sure, but….”

“The greatest god in America must be money.”

I couldn’t disagree.

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Word count = 100

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32 thoughts on “The Greatest of These….

  1. pennygadd51

    Great story. Excellent title.
    There seems to be a disconnect in society. I know practically no-one who puts money above everything else. In fact, most of my friends are people who give generously, and in some cases sacrificially to charity. They’ve always got time to talk and to listen. So who are all these greedy people? I’m genuinely puzzled..

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks.

      A lot of people are generous and good. And a lot of people do enjoy the things that have no price over the ones that do. But then, in the US, the top 1% have more wealth than the bottom 90%. Our laws are biased in their favor and to help them create more wealth, often at the expense of everyone else. Although a lot of individuals are very generous, the society as a whole really isn’t. And then, I think all of us, to some degree, think we are not very materialistic, but if only we had another couple more hundred (or thousand) dollars….

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    2. Rowena

      That’s an interesting observation, Penny. I think we as individuals make choices about who we spend time with and eventually gravitate towards like-minded people. Along with those with a quest for money and greed, are ruthlessly ambitious people who will do whatever it takes to reach the top. My 11 year old daughter dances quite seriously and is in dance team at her studio. I went to a mid-year concert recently where they performed their solos and all of dance team roared and cheered for each others’ performances. They lend each other bits of costume. My aunt whose daughter danced professionally has told me stories of people taking a ballet shoe so they can’t compete. Nasty stuff. ANd then there’s “Dance Moms”.
      Personally, I’ve put money on the back burner after serious health challenges. I have also put having the perfectly clean house on the backbburner too, especially with four puppies running around. I must admit that cleaning up after the pups has been a bit much at times and will be getting the carpets cleaned in a few weeks time.

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      1. trentpmcd Post author

        Truthfully, I have faith in individuals. There are super nasty competitive people, people who’ll hurt children so their kids will win/get the part/etc., like some of those ballet/show-biz mums. But I think if you pick someone randomly off of the street, you’ll find people are basically good. It is when we are in groups…

        And you make a good point, Rowena, that we chose the people we associate with. I would say most of my friends are decent people who give to charities, and who enjoy the things in life that have no cost – people, family, friends, outdoor activity, play, etc. Yet when we look at society as a whole.

        I have no excuses for a dirty house, except I am too busy doing other things ;)

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        1. Rowena

          You raise an interesting point about group behaviour, Trent, which is particularly concerning for parents of teens. You can put good values into your kids and then they’re out there with their friends and something happens where they can either be the instigator or the victim. There was another case of a one punch death on the news which had gone through the courts today. A group had got into a fight and the victim was hit trying to extricate his mate and the guy who hit him was a Dad and seemed like an everyday character. Hard to imagine how a night out could end up so bad. Well not really. I do remember what it was like.
          I don’t believe in super clean c houses and our place is just getting by. I get 9 hours of cleaning a week through our national disability scheme but there’s still so much that needs to be done. So, instead, I succomb to puppy love and being a family with kids, loads of activities and no intention of cleaning all day.
          xx Ro

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I am being a little cynical, since we do a lot of good, but when we do scratch below the surface, it does seem that money takes priority over everything else.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      There is “money worship” everywhere. In some ways it is worse in some countries. It just seems that we have turned everything around so that making money is more important than things like breathing, living, etc…

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