“The world says: ‘You have needs — satisfy them. You have as much right as the rich and the mighty. Don’t hesitate to satisfy your needs; indeed, expand your needs and demand more.’ This is the worldly doctrine of today. And they believe that this is freedom. The result for the rich is isolation and suicide, for the poor, envy and murder.” Fyodor Dostoevsky
The quest for “more” may bring purpose and pleasure to some, but the desire is ultimately never satisfied. We are often left longing for a greater purpose – one which creates rather than demands. If instead of focusing our energy on material desires, we turn our attention to raising a righteous posterity, relieving the suffering of others, and the development of our own character, we may find true freedom. We will also give our children an example worth emulating, preventing the further moral disintegration Dostoevsky describes.