The Middle Class disease

2 03 2007

I am middle class. I have a nice house, a nice car, an iPod and a nice set of golf clubs. I am also suffering from Comfortitis: the number one disease amongst the middle class.

Comfortitis can cause severe bouts of ambivalence which eventually results in the sufferer doing very little for anyone other than themselves and their immediate network.

But most serious is a range of delusions that plague the individual. The first is the ‘philanthropy delusion’. This is where the person believes that a small donation to a needy cause once in a while means they are generous and selfless.

The second is the ‘satisfaction delusion’ were the person is convinced that purchasing the latest gadget will satisfy them. ‘Once I have an iPod I will be satisfied.’ In reality the satisfaction may only last a few weeks.

The third is known as the ‘hording delusion’. This manifests as the belief that having lots of houses, lots of money, lots of possessions generally will provide a secure future.

The fourth and final delusion is the ‘identity delusion’ where the hapless victim confuses their possessions with who they are. So they see their fine home or their cool car as an extension of themselves.

Most concerning is how it affects Christians. It causes what is known as ‘Bible blindness’ where they read certain parts of Scripture and are able to totally ignore it. In extreme cases the Christian suffering from Comfortitis will avoid the Bible altogether.

Luke 9:1-4 reads,

Then Jesus called the twelve together and gave them power and authority over all the demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal. He said to them, “Take nothing for your journey, no staff, nor bag, nor bread, nor money – not even an extra tunic.”

How do we cure Comfortitis? The first and most important therapy is known as the ‘God’s Stuff Technique’. In short, the Christian over a period of time, comes to realise that everything they have is God’s stuff and not theirs. They see that it is to be used for His pleasure not their own. They start to look at how what they have can serve others.

The second therapeutic technique is known as, ‘What Do I Seriously Really Need Therapy’. This involves the Christian sitting down and listing the essentials that are required for living. They then review the list, asking ‘Do I really need this item?’ Results show that this approach eventually promotes a simpler way of life.

I have been suffering with Comfortitis for many years now and I really struggle to overcome it.

Are you a sufferer as well? Be good to share the struggle.

Mark

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4 responses

3 03 2007
marks advocate

sell everything, live on scraps … does youre plan involve ambition?
provke the mind, enable chage does change have to be metaphysical.
being alive enriches, what is your ecosystem who is symbiotic…….
is comfort an established stability free of chemical or physical change

6 03 2007
Dabbling Mum

HI Mark.

Just wanted to let you know that the author of the interview you commented on today left you a reply. So head on over to http://www.thedabblingmum.blogspot.com and check it out.

Blogging For Business…

Alyice

6 03 2007
Mark Brown

G’day Alyice,

You have a wonderful blog. I can learn a lot from you!

Thanks.

Mark

7 03 2007
g

I have no clue what ‘mark’s advocate’is talking about.

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