Enough is enough. Like the morning after the Christmas-do the night before, it’s all too clear that free market capitalism’s victory party is over; we’re seriously in debt and it's time to pay the bill.
We’ve lived through a golden economic age. We’ll never have it so good again. But since the ‘hedonistic treadmill’ only ever delivered a receding vision of contentment, is it really such a bad thing?
As one year comes to and end and another begins, we need to start thinking about when we do have sufficient – sufficient money, sufficient stuff – and whether we really need the things we think we do.
John Lanchester, takes to our pulpit to tell us to slow down, calm down and realise when we’ve had enough.
He is a novelist, journalist and winner of the Whitbread First Novel Award and the E.M Forster Award, among other prizes. He is a regular contributor to the London Review of Books and the New Yorker and has a monthly column in Esquire.
This secular sermon took place at Conway Hall on Sunday 12 December 2010.