Historian Daniel Boorstin suggests that too many Americans suffer from over-inflated expectations. In his much-quoted book, The Image, Boorstin makes this observation of Americans:
We expect anything and everything.
We expect the contradictory and the impossible.
We expect compact cars which are spacious; luxurious cars which are economical.
We expect to be rich and charitable, powerful and merciful, active and reflective, kind and competitive ….
We expect to eat freely and stay thin, to be constantly on the move and ever more neighborly, to go to a “church of our choice” and yet feel its guiding power over us, to revere God and to be God.
He surmises: “Never have people been more the masters of their environment. Yet never have we felt more deceived and disappointed. For never have people expected so much more than the world could offer.”
Perhaps these words of Paul will help us put our over-inflated expectations back into perspective: He says, “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5)
Think about it and have a blessed day!
John Mark Caton, Ph.D