Must We Acquire

Must we acquire,

Hoarding what we do not need?

This–the western way,

Insatiable avarice

For money and possessions.

What is this sickness?

Is not a roof, bed and food

Enough to appease?

Incessant hunger say no

As we persist to garner.

When the bell does toll

We find this was all for naught;

None of it mattered.

Kindness, love and happiness

Were all we ever needed.


~~ Dominic R. DiFrancesco ~~


18 thoughts on “Must We Acquire

  1. I am not creating about society anymore. I think it is about all we can get out hands on and bigger, better, more…sad. We can’t take it to our life – can we? Great piece;)

    • Thanks Kimberly, in reality all of these material possessions are meaningless in the end. I don’t know that they really make us as happy as we would like to believe, but it is so ingrained in our culture that I don’t see it ever stopping.

    • It really is a tragedy that most people outside of the west do not suffer from. My question would be of those that have all of the basic necessities of life are they less happy than those of us that live in the west…my guess would be no they are probably happier. Thank you my friend for the comment.

      • I am in the midst of booking a trip to the North of Bali….to escape it all and find that spiritual time and space that us we, people of the West, for get to see. My priotity was a retreat to a Buddhistic Monestary in Thailand near to where my best friend lives (retired there, smart Man!)….for 10 days, rumor has it, after 3 days, you have to shave your head……….I am close…first Hinduism, then I am on my way 🙂 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • All of this sounds like a great thing. I have a great deal of interest in both Buddhism and Hinduism, but tend to lean more toward Taoist beliefs. I find the verses of the Tao Te Ching to be tremendously inspirational and practical. In my opinion anything that has managed to last for over 2500 years must have some truth to it.

    • And that wise man was most likely right. Most often we get only momentary enjoyment out of our riches and then those are no longer enough so we strive for more and more. It is truly a vicious cycle. Thank you Anna.

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