We've got a sort of brainwashing going on in our world. Do you know how they brainwash people? They repeat something over and over. And that's what we do in this world. Owning things is good. More money is good. More property is good. More commercialism is good. More is good. More is good. We repeat it--and have it repeated to us, over and over until nobody bothers to even think otherwise. The average person is so fogged up by all of this, he has no perspective on what's really important anymore.
Wherever I went in my life, I met people wanting to gobble up something
new. Gobble up a new car. Gobble up a new piece of property. Gobble up
the latest toy. And then they wanted to tell you about it. Guess what I
got? Guess what I got?'
You know how I interpreted that? These
were people so hungry for love that they were accepting substitutes.
They were embracing material things and expecting a sort of hug back.
But it never works. You can't substitute material things for love or for
gentleness or for tenderness or for a sense of comradeship.
Money is not a substitute for tenderness, and power is not a substitute
for tenderness. I can tell you, when you most need it, neither money nor
power will give you the feeling you're looking for, no matter how much
of them you have.