Today I had a curious internet experience. A friend of mine recommended a place called the Habbo Hotel. This is a sophisticated kind of chat room designed mainly for teenagers tho the two people I got chatting to (and indeed chated up BY!!!) were 20 and 18.
You start by creating a little weemee kinda figure and then u can meet other weemees in the lobby or in a Pizza restaurant and other places
You can also create your own room and put in furniture and all sorts - even a picture of the Queen Mother if you want.
The interesting thing is that you can join a special club where you get cool clothes. The whole materialistic deal extends even to our alternate personalities!
Makes me think of quite a few bible passages:
Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your minds (Philippians)
"Now we see as through a glass darkly... then we shall see face to face." (Corinthians)
"Do not strive for the treasure that perishes" (ooh can't remember where)
We all KNOW that material things mean nothing and yet... and yet we still care about them. Why? We KNOW that God knows what we are like underneath without any flimflam (marvellous word!) and yet we hide ourselves in a world of clothes, cars, shoes and the rest.