"We have known for a long time that poverty can destroy the body and render the soul deaf and insensitive. What has yet to be learned is that overabundance of things and enjoyments also devours the soul. An appropriate relation to things, one that does not overwhelm the senses, cannot grow when things are ever-present for our consumption....An appropriate relation to things, one that allows the erotic dimension of our being to come into its own, cannot develop as long as we consume things indiscriminately simply because they are always over abundantly available. Overabundance destroys the intensity of people and their capacity to enjoy and to be related."
P.221, The Silent Cry: Mysticism and Resistance, by Dorothee Soelle, Fortress Press, Minenapolis, 2001.