American Pickers. Pawn Stars. Storage Wars. Storage Wars Texas. Cajun Pawn Stars. Antiques Roadshow.What is this fascination with 'old stuff'?
It isn't that it's old. It isn't that it's pretty, like my plate.
It's greed. What can I get for this old glass jar? Or this stained glass Jar Jar Binks?
Greed. Hoping to find gold in a dime store item. "I can be RICH if I just find that one big payday!"
I used to walk around and around and around inside casinos, watching the greed parade. Watch someone pick a machine, dump in $100.00, get discouraged and move on, looking for that 'hot' machine. I used to hold contests, awarding prizes for the heaviest gambler, the oldest, the oldest gambler carting around an oxygen tank...while still smoking like a chimney...
anyway, there is no pot of gold waiting for anyone-it grows wings and flies away out of your grasp, as it says in Proverbs, " 4 Do not weary yourself to gain wealth, Cease from your consideration of it. 5 When you set your eyes on it, it is gone. For wealth certainly makes itself wings Like an eagle that flies toward the heavens."
I've heard lottery tickets described as a 'tax on the poor', as rich people don't buy them and poor people never get rich buying them. The odd duck will become a Duke, will win big, millions of dollars...which is what keeps the rest of the poor shelling out their hard earned-to buy a chance, Hope, one dollar at a time.
Greed is a baser motivation than Love or even Success. You can succeed by living within your means. But Greed will always goad you on to want more than you have, chasing dreams over cliffs. Don't be greedy.
Be satisfied with what you have, and you will never be tempted by what you do not have.