Hi everyone- I missed you all! I am so sorry for that awkward pause of posts. Don’t worry! I haven’t quit- I just got back from China. I’ll be sharing things from my trip soon so keep an eye out. 😀
Anyway, coming back to Canada, I felt so so so extremely blessed. China may seem like a powerful, rich country, but the gap between the rich and poor is unbelievable. Everyday, the poor struggle to fill their bellies while the rich spend money like they have a grudge against it. People are no longer judged by their virtuosity but by the price of their shoes.
It’s far from being just China. Our society as a whole has placed a tremendous focus on material goods. We are constantly measuring our own happiness and success by how many things we own. The race of materialism never stops. We are greedy creatures and are never satisfied.
Material goods promote self-interests and cause unnecessary stress. All they do is cause us to compare them with what other people own. And then we throw out that three-month old phone because Bob has a thinner, faster one. The excitement wears off too soon. The effect on ourselves, the environment, and our society is detrimental.
Those new shoes don’t actually make you happier. You’re just satisfied that they’re prettier than the shoes of the person next to you on the bus.
So what makes you happy? Like truly happy. Your spiritual values and experiences. The hug from a friend. The joke from the cashier. The chirping of birds. The chat with your mom. The game with your child. The cool breeze on a hot day. The kiss from your spouse. The colours of a sunset.
It’s hard to not want things. It truly is. Our society paints consumerism and materialism as a goals. We crave to be accepted and loved and to have a status, to be seen as rich and worthy of respect. Those material goods do not make your life happier. They are only a mere distraction.
Think of it this way: When you’re on your deathbed, you won’t be missing that car or shirt or house. Happiness cannot be bought. You only live once; don’t live for those material goods. Live for those moments that you will never forget.