Materialism

Iphone 6, the new Apple computer, or the for some the new 2015 Shelby GT250. What do they all have in common?

The manufacturing and marketing companies have brainwashed our society and people into believing that what they have isn’t enough. For example, as the new Samsung Galaxy 5 came out a few months ago. I, then and still now had the Samsung Galaxy 4. I remember wanting the S5 so bad, yet my S4 worked perfectly and could do almost all the things that the S5 could do.

Our society has evolved into one that sees something as inferior if it is even slightly outdated, rather than, “Oh, that thing is still useful. Why waste my resources on something else if I already have a working item.” This mass consuming mindset will hurt our economy and our people, where they are spending their money on essentially useless products, rather than investing in their community.

This presumably started in the late 18th to early 19th century during the agricultural and industrial revolution. As the demand for textiles and other goods rose, sagacious merchants and manufactures saw the almost unlimited amount of money that would flow into a monopoly of even a single product highly in demand. Thus, they instilled the idea of “not having enough” into the wealthy and the city dwellers.

We, humans, do not need these extravagant products to survive in our modern world. For example, what is the purpose of a Lamborghini? Isn’t a car built to transport people and other items from point A to point B? To that people argue that the Lamborghini is made for comfort. If someone craves comfort or luxury they should buy a large SUV, one with more leg room and one that can carry more than one other passenger. The extra money that could be saved by refraining form an expensive car, may be invested into the community to help our new job owners or even go to charity to better the world.

Wanting something now is called human nature. But what if it is not human nature, but the nature that we shaped ourselves to be a part of.

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2 thoughts on “Materialism”

  1. Cool post. People should be less concerned with objects or things that might make them temporarily happy and maybe more on finding what it is that makes them feel that their lives have a purpose. Unless the purpose of life is to hoard material goods and to become obsessed with consumption, people should look beyond their TV or computer screens that are bursting with ads and maybe look at something real.

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    1. I agree. You probably know the saying that money will not buy you love and that is exactly the case here. Sure money can give momentary happiness, but we as human beings need others to love us and money just can’t buy that.

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