January 20, 2020

MLK and Shifting From A Thing-Oriented Society

How important is it that we overcome our addiction to consumerism? MLK highlighted the urgency well in his April, 1967 speech. 

"We must rapidly begin the shift from a "thing-oriented" society to a "person-oriented" society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered."

- Martin Luther King, Jr.

It would be a different world today if this gifted man was not shot down. Even so, we can all honour his life, and protest his murder, by listening to the wisdom he shared, and implement his transformative ideas in our own lives.

They may have killed the messenger, but they can not kill his message that is being carried by millions. All of us misfits and rebels agree - our "thing oriented" society must change if we are to improve ourselves and the world.


  1. Dear Linda and Greg

    Thank you very much for your blog. Living a life not stuff oriented is peaceful and enjoyable, but sometimes I find myself buying things I don't really need, although I try to be intentional with my purchases. So, your posts are a priceless help to keep me on track. Please, continue the excelent job you are doing here.
    Hugs from Portugal.

    1. A large part of the world is focused on getting people to buy things, so not buying can be a challenge. However, it is a challenge that is so worthwhile taking up.

      Linda and I have discovered for ourselves the challenges, and the beauty, of living a voluntarily simple life. It is a pleasure for us to share this with the world, and are thrilled to hear from readers that find our work useful. Mission accomplished.

      Congratulations to you for taking up this same challenge, and finding the peace contained within.

  2. That was a MLK quote that I've not read before. Thank You for sharing it and for keeping us on point.


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