Tuesday, July 31, 2007


As families were forced by circumstances to flock to materially promising crowded cities, the need to cope-up with its lifestyle has put pressure on people especially parents.

The high cost of living plus the desire to maintain a family is a tricky predicament. For working parents, without longer and quality family time for children, there is the tendency to use substitutes to parental care by pumping more material entertainment that will eventually prove ineffective. And the need for a nanny to care for babies and toddlers or the option to enrol children to nursery schools at a very young age allows both parents to have time to work and support the growing family.

The very small "box", not ideally enough as a family dwelling, has the tendency to be filled with things to make it look and feel like an ideal home. Sadly, home is not at all measured by how much material objects are being pumped inside it. To raise the young cannot be perfected by the volume of expensive toys that their parents could afford. And to leave the kids to people they do not know very well give parents an uneasy feeling sometimes.

The image presented here is somewhat like those high-rise buildings or storage cabinets and boxes where objects inside them are almost visible as if they are seen through an x-ray machine. And having the chance to live in this place and adapt to its culture of moving from one flat to another, as dictated by the rise and fall of rental prices, or the proximity of children's school, made me realize that the more of these material possessions we have accumulated each year the more it becomes a burden to us.

So the Holy Bible is right – we cannot bring these things with us into the afterlife. Besides, it's pretty expensive to pay those movers. (Joel E. Ferraris)

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