Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Covetousness


I was reminded by a Chaplain colleague of the recent Independent's Red cover. The cross, a Bible verse and Christian imagery on the front of the Indy - whatever next? It's the Red phone I'm struggling with - I'd really like one, but I don't need it. They cost £149, with £10 going to the cause and then 5% of all future call charges. Virgin give a £30 voucher with theirs, so that's £119...

Trouble is, I just replaced my phone (with a cheapie having lost my old one), and I could always just make a donation to an AIDS charity. So, is this covetousness and greed, a virtuous aspiration or just a sad hope that I might be trendy armed with a Motorola SLVR?

5 comments:

Matthew McMurray said...

Personally, I think it would be covetousness. But what can I say? I get a free upgrade every year.

That said, the motives are good. Would you be getting it for a good cause or to get a snazzier phone?

I am sensing that you have mixed motives. Could we say that there is covetousness for good causes? In which case, what other "sins" can we justify?

Mike said...

Exactly, so is the whole Red thing a sell-out to commercialism or a practical way of levering donations out of a consumerist society? If the latter, should I help set the trend. Think not, so will put it on my Christmas list!

S

Matthew McMurray said...

I must admit that I think it is very clever. Bono (and whoever else dreamt it up) knows what he is doing.

Should you accidentally drop the phone into the washing up or accidentally drive over it, it would be a lot easier to justify! I think you might be better just donating some money.

The other thing I think one must be aware of is that it is all to easy for us to think that we ought to give to every good cause (and this is a good one)!

Okay, perhaps I ought to give to at least ONE good cause but at the moment, my good cause is my wedding as you know! :)

Mark Laynesmith said...

Nice to make your acquaintance Mike! Will sub your blog with bloglines...

Mike said...

Cheers Mark. Look forward to it.