In a real sense, the issues that we face as a country are directly related to our clinging to those things that most damage our very souls. We have created a medical system that ignores the need and obligation of our personal deaths. We have a natural lifespan that we are ignoring, replacing the vitality of a healthy life for the long and tortured senescence of a life artificially prolonged by modern "medicine". We are mistakenly choosing length of life over quality.
Our economic woes as a people are rooted in the incessant need for more, when we choose to count our luxuries as necessities and constant growth and increasing wealth as an inalienable right. But by increasing our personal wealth and focusing on our personal comfort in the now, we are paupering the future and damaging the planet.
There is a necessary urgency about temporal things which is a duty to yourself and your kin, but it is critical that you not carry this too far. There is scarcely any sin against which the bible more warns us, than the disturbing, distracting, and self-centered clinging to the things of this life.
Sufficient unto the day.
A mature society keeps the comforts of this life in perspective, The will of the creator places bitterness or sweetness in our lives. For us to structure our lives and our society around the false idols of security and luxury is the mark of small souls, cowering in fear because they may somehow have less than their desires in the imagined future and thus lead a life of not enough.
We must reconcile ourselves to our place in the world and our place in the society that nurtures us. We can no longer strive for the material "more" that has poisoned our souls and makes us live in fear for its potential loss.