The Second Eclectic

Technology changes how we relate to God and each other

Pretense in the Present Tense

I hopped on the Internet this evening. Our homepage is MSN; they were offering tips on 'How to Afford a Second Home.'

Do you recognize the sad commentary here?

We tout resolving the AIDS epidemic in Africa, poverty in India, violence, bloodshed, and totalitarianism in the Middle East, nuclear escalation worldwide, and terrorism in our lives, and we're looking for ways to afford a SECOND home!

I read this to my fiancee; the first thing she said was, 'Some people can't even afford a first home.' She understates the obvious.

A few words come to mind. Decadence. Indulgence. Entitled.

I'm not even saying a second home is bad thing really. All I'm saying is that the attitude that comes with it and the priorities and that accompany it are quite skewed. Because, in all reality, affording that second home means foregoing the support for that starving child across the globe, the local police and fireman looking to preserve life, liberty, and the very happiness we are pursuing and the various conservationists, humanitarians, and philanthopic organizations whose attitudes and priorities mirror those we all pretend to value.