You'll starve but never die in a world of hungry ghosts
Hungry ghosts is a Buddhist concept. It refers to spiritual hunger, one in which the acquisition based society of the U.S. is incapable of satisfying. Lu’s been rocking that bead necklace with the Buddha on it…
The hunger has dual meaning here- when referring to the less fortunate countries he’s talking about literally people starving, but the “hungry ghosts” concept refers to the fact that Americans never have enough, no matter how much we have — we’ll forever be hungry for more. The “ghost” side of things is just a reinforcement of his opinion on materialistic and excess-minded people.
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