It's Advent, which means the consumerism of American life is in full swing preparing for Christmas, and I have never felt closer to it. For the last two weeks, Steph and I stayed in a hotel right next to all the big box stores in Emeryville. It was a madhouse. One Saturday it took her 45 minutes to drive two miles! Living right next to Best Buy and Target, I have never felt closer to the intensity of consumerism than I did those two weeks. To be totally honest, I felt more connected to materialism not just physically but spiritually as well.
You see, the reason we were in that hotel is that our entire apartment and all of our belongings have been contaminated with asbestos. It's a long story, but suffice it to say that all of our clothes and shoes, much of our furniture, many of our books and all of our electronics will be thrown out. And when I was talking with a new friend about the situation, I had a realization, "This situation feels like a pivot point. I could either become way less materialistic or way more."