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The Land of Not Too Much

I had the strangest little dream! I went over some mountains toward the sea, and it was like paradise, like going into another world, and I came back to tell you how wonderful it was.

The thing that made it so wonderful was that there wasn’t too much of anything. It was just that simple. In that country it was impossible to do too much of anything. You couldn’t eat too much, you couldn’t drink too much, you couldn’t work too much, you couldn’t sleep too much, and you couldn’t go too far.

You just couldn’t do too much of anything, and that seemed to solve all the problems. Nobody wanted too much, so nobody had too much and so nobody fought to get too much. There weren’t any fights or wars, because nobody wanted too much or more than the other fellow.

There was peace and plenty and safety and happiness, but not too much—just enough for everybody. Everybody had enough to eat and drink and enough to wear, but not too much.

Everybody had the truth, and the truth was that nobody had too much or was too much of anything. That seemed to solve everybody’s problems. I came back all excited to tell everyone about how I’d found a land where everybody’s problems were solved by not having too much of anything.

Everything was solved by not too much, so I guess you’d call it the “Land of Not Too Much,” where everybody was content with not too much. Nobody was too good or too bad or too proud or too mean or too much of anything. You couldn’t do or be too much of anything. It was just impossible. Isn’t that funny? I guess I’d better stop before I tell you too much about the Land of Not Too Much.

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Wouldn’t it be wonderful…?

A little love and understanding and tolerance and sharing could go such a long way in solving the world’s problems. But when people don’t treat others with much love, of course they’re going to have problems—and they have. In fact, all of the evils in the world today can be traced back to people’s lack of love for God and each other. The simple love of God and each other is still God’s solution, even in such a highly complex and confused society as ours. If we love God, we can love each other, follow His rules of life, liberty, and the possession of happiness, and all will be well and happy in Him.

David Brandt Berg (1919-1994) was the son of well-known American evangelist Virginia Brandt Berg. In 1968, David and his wife and teenage children pioneered a ministry to the counterculture youth of Huntington Beach, California. This ministry grew into an international Christian missionary movement known today as the Family International (TFI)(Articles by David Brandt Berg used in Activated are adapted.)

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