Accumulation

“There are two ways to get enough. One is to continue to accumulate more and more. The other is to desire less.”
― G.K. Chesterton

We like to be safe. That is natural. Our primitive needs include having enough food, water and we don’t want to worry about where to sleep, or how we will survive. Getting past that minimum is a global concern. Humanity needs to accumulate and be generous with the good things that are accumulated.

Accumulation of wealth can be an enabler, but is it going to assure inner peace? It is instructive to look at the motives for accumulation.

Consider the accumulation of Facebook friends, likes, photos and especially the accumulation of people who are dependent?

Why do we want more of these?

When we consider why we accumulate , in the light of who we are, it opens new awareness of ourself.

What, for example do we accumulate over time? Is it just money or things, or is it more in our inner being?

For example, Eckhart Tolle proposes:
“All negativity is caused by an accumulation of psychological time and denial of the present. Unease, anxiety, tension, stress, worry – all forms of fear – are caused by too much future, and not enough presence. Guilt, regret, resentment, grievances, sadness, bitterness, and all forms of nonforgiveness are caused by too much past, and not enough presence.”

On the other hand accumulation of personal characteristics such as compassion and wisdom can never be excessive.

“The world is never saved in grand messianic gestures, but in the simple accumulation of gentle, soft, almost invisible acts of compassion.”
― Chris Abani

It is useful to question where we are putting our efforts to accumulate, and the overall effect on us.