Materialism – The Root of Unhappiness

Finding yourself as a pawn of materialism can be quite easy. Corporations literally throttle human actions and reactions by simply offering a sale on T.V.’s or VCR’s. Look at black friday for instance, where people are willing to fight and yell over plastic gizmo’s made in china on a day picked by the corporation. Statistically the prices are lower a month later near New Years without the lines or commotion, but because the corporation said so, millions storm the stores after that “big savings”.
 
Materialism itself isn’t that dangerous. The religion of materialism, however, is. When people begin to worship and idolize their possessions their reality becomes distorted by those very objects. Youtube is a great case study of this as you can literally watch how materialism manipulates how you act and react. People show off their cash, cars, and lavish life style putting on a fake smile to garnish views and monetization. This all fuels this same materialistic / narcissistic cycle. It’s funny to hear these people claim love for their “fans”.
 
If you haven’t realized by now, they are putting on a show. It’s all an act. Materialism has consumed their entire lifestyle and personality to the point where real issues and concerns are of no avail, the only thing that matters is getting that cash, car, or other shiny object because someone said it had value.
 
I myself have lived it. Letting possessions define who I am and what I’m about instead of my actual personality. When you let your possessions define you you’re left with no choice but to feel empty. Objects have no soul or personality. Humans do.
 
The feeling of being excited or happy when showing off what you have is not truly happiness or joy. It’s an allusion you’ve created for yourself. From the outside people look in thinking, what a douche bag. The feeling you interpret as excitement and joy is nothing more than anxiety based on the underlining cringey-ness of what you’re actually doing. The real world doesn’t care how shiny your watch is, nor do they care how many horse powers your custom ferrari has. If they do, there caught in the same materialistic trap of douche-baggy-ness as you.
 
The materialistic cycle is hard to break. From their angle they have two choices. Look in the mirror or keep buying shit. The cycle breaks when you stop buying senseless crap. Feeding off that fake excitement or happiness fades with each object. It’s only fun to brag about your car for so long; You either have to buy another one, paint the one you have, or go find something else to buy to show off. You’re left with only two options.
 
Most people just continue buying crap to brag about. New cars, new gizmos, new this and thats and watchamadoodles. They never stop and question what they are doing.. they just keep doing it. This is the religion of materialism and its cult like following.
 
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Just the way people look at you and treat you in our society varies on your car. When I drove any of my Audi’s I was looked at and treated far different in society than driving my orange propane van. Just another example of how fake and materialistic we’ve become as a people, myself included. We put possessions and random crap before human life and real joy. We cast aside living breathing people for hunks of metal that move fast. We discard human emotion because we need that next quick buck. We treat differently people based upon their materialistic status in society whether it be chosen or forced. This cycle has created a community disconnect where everyone is after their own gain. Just doing a job is just that. No emotion. No human conversation. Living entire lives to impress random people with non-sense. The American dream, they call it that because you have to be asleep to believe it.
 

Materialism - The Root of Unhappiness

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Amy
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Amy

Chasing the next shiny object, yeah that’s what people do alright – especially with iphones these day. Every time they come out with a tiny change they just release a “new” version of the phone and have people wrapped around the building to buy. Yeah, they got people right where they want them.

Oscar P.
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Oscar P.

With the amount of consumer debt particularly in the U.S., people really need to put their priorities in check and stop trying to buy thrills that they just can’t afford. It’s ok if you can handle it and living within your means, but when you’re just splurging and go head over hills in debt and can’t even pay your bills and manage your household properly, then it’s time to put on the breaks and get some financial counseling.

Joanna
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Joanna

Brilliant article, I couldn’t agree more! Money is great and all that, but the best things in life just can’t be bought!

Charlene G
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Charlene G

Well I believe in everyone’s freedom to choose what makes them happy. And yes, there are people who goes overboard but who can blame them? Most people want to catch the trend, and if they’re not stepping on anyone or not hurting anybody why stop them? If that’s what makes them feel good about theirselves then let them be. Besides, all we should care about is our own happiness, not others’.

Stu
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Stu

The picture with the bill with a note makes me laugh. It also make me feel sad that there is truth in it. And it’s not like people aren’t trying to stray away from that idea, but surviving in this world really pushes everyone toward it.

Rolf
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Rolf

This is why I prefer to live in the countryside. Everything is simple. This is why I would probably become a hermit when I retire!

Angelo
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Angelo

I agree with you. Some people nowadays are really after the money in order to buy all these material things they wanted to have in life, sometimes in expense of other people’s happiness. They tend to glorify these things which is not good in my own point of view.

Grecy Garcia
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Grecy Garcia

It is okay to have money. It is really okay to earn money as well. There is nothing wrong with that. What is wrong is when you are earning money and be selfish about it. Like you are not sharing your blessing. Instead of having more, you will have less. If you stick to material things, then your life will be meaningless. Sometimes those who you can have for free are those what really makes you genuinely happy.

Priam
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Priam

Mind. Blown.

Your ideas are undeniably radical and though I’m not into these intellectual discourses, I admit that it’s oddly satisfying reading your post. Thank you for tickling my lazy brain, mister.

Huey
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Huey

It’s easy to preach against materialism but my bet is not one of those who understand its evils will readily throw away that their smartphone after reading this piece. We live our lives trying to realize our self-worth and because it’s a protracted process, we end up displacing our own value upon the things that’re within our immediate vicinity.

That’s just the way of the world, don’t you think?

Phineas
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Phineas

Wanting things… That is the problem… People seem to focus more on their wants now than needs. Ironic, because many also feel that they don’t earn enough… Strange, because despite not earning enough, they end up buying stuff that they don’t really need…

Kitz
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Kitz

This article is a good read. People nowadays never get satisfied because of their desire to own more. I am now practicing to be a minimalist. Material possession will never last anyway.

Rebi
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Rebi

Well the dialogue inside the money is somehow true. People are becoming so into money It’s just sad but we just have to balance it in a way that we are happy and very much consumed by it.

Scott
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Scott

As a backpacker for a year now, I’ve learned to let go of things. Like, literal things. Because they can be a burden to carry. It’s so easy to live life with no material possession to worry about. Just the basics that will help you go through the day.

DeMarcus
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DeMarcus

To want material things is not bad per se. But to want more things, especially if you don’t need them, is bad. You will never be satisfied if your happiness relies on material things.

Becka
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Becka

Many people depend their happiness on material things. That is why they feel empty inside. It is sad that today’s society is blinded by materialism.

Scott Summers
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Scott Summers

Root of unhappiness? I will not say that. Yes it can become a factor but we have to remember it is us that holds that paper not the other way around.

Alex Summers
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Alex Summers

This is very timely , this topic has been one of the perennial questions around. Is money the root of evil? NO!!! it all boils down to who uses it at the end.

Lisa Nataliany
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Lisa Nataliany

Yes, right.. You become great, rich and famous … So what ??? When you never care about other people around you …

Everything is God’s will and later God would ask you, “Have you done all I want to you to the World what I have given to you ??? Or you simply busy on your own pleasure ??? “

Danny Luei
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Danny Luei

All this can not be denied. All that has been presented in this article is indeed a fact. It all depends on yourself. Do you believe in God? That’s it … If you believe, then you will know your role in this world.

Mau
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Mau

“Materialism itself isn’t that dangerous. The religion of materialism is.” — I couldn’t agree more. Some stuff are very useful to people but it could get a little bit excessive (and unnecessary) if you don’t watch it.

Bonnie
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Bonnie

I feel sorry for those unfortunate people who are sometimes don’t have food on their tables, starving. While there are some rich people who can’t control themselves for buying unnecessary things just for their satisfaction.

Oswald
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Oswald

When I observe today’s kids, it is really unfortunate that this has become a sad reality. Them young one’s cant seem to find fun without their gadgets and expensive toys. Makes me recall the good ol’ days when sticks, empty cans, and dirt were enough for a day’s worth of fun…

Annie T.
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Annie T.

I believe in saying, “Uncontented people will never rich… Contented people will never poor”. So I choose to be happy and satisfied on what I have or I am now.

Ed
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Ed

Lol “I am a little piece of paper and I control your entire life”. Sad but true for some folks. You’re right, it’s ok to have money and some material things, but when it goes overboard and it controls everything you do and makes you behave in foolish ways, then you have to stop and put things back into perspective. Like the saying goes… “You better check yourself before you wreck yourself!”