HavingMaterial Things Do Not Make People Happy
Most of the struggles in people’s lives involve acquiring a lot ofmoney to buy material things. Possession of material things isconsidered the epicenter of achievement. Surprisingly, very fewpeople feel happy when they finally acquire the material things thatthey so yearn for. The urge to acquire more things suddenly becomesinsatiable. Greed becomes their second name. Before the world knowsit, people are killing each other over material things. This essayseeks to unearth the reasons as to why the acquisition of materialthings does not necessarily guarantee happiness.
Happiness is a feeling that emanates from within and does not dependon the material things a person possess. Genuine happiness does notrequire material things for it to blossom because it is not broughtby them. People that condition themselves to be happy will alwaysremain happy regardless of their situation, the haves or have not’s.On the other hand, individuals that depend on material things tobring out the happiness in them will forever remain unhappy becauseno single person has the capability of acquiring every material thingthey desire on this earth. Alexander the Great could not conquer theentire world despite the huge army that was behind him. He ended updying a lonely, unhappy man, even though he had achieved more thanany ruler could. His story goes to lengths to show that happinessdoes not lie in material things, but in the heart.
People that require material things in order to be happy will alwaysspend huge chunks of money to acquire their hearts’ desires. Suchindividuals are willing to trade a limb for material things. Theyhave multiple credit cards and bank loans. The situation is worsewhen the said individuals try to fit into a higher social class. Theyare willing to do anything, including flouting financial rules. Quiteoften, these people will plunge deep into debts in their quest formaterial things. Some may opt for not so ethical means to fund theirnewly- acquired tastes and preferences. Due to incessant borrowing,their debts will grow bigger and they will fall into depression.Their fake friends from their fake social class will take off leavingthem in more despair.
Material things tend to fade. As the adage goes, nothing lastsforever. This is usually a problem for people that get emotionallyattached to things. People that rely on material possessions to stamptheir authority and influence, often grow attached. They gainrecognition in society because people have the peculiar habit ofattaching a person’s importance to their material wealth. Thewithdrawal of the materials from their lives brings a whiff ofunhappiness because they lose respect from people that were initiallyworshipping them. It is especially bad if the individual does nothave a means of recovering their lost possessions. Classic examplesinclude those of former presidents that are now on retirement or druglords that ended up in prison.
Possession of material things attracts fake friends and family. It isnatural for human beings to associate themselves with those that haveimmense material possessions. Friends and family alike will be niceto the wealthy person only because of their material possessionswhich they may want to benefit from. Such individuals will never behappy because all they have are a bunch of people pretending to befriends. They are pretenders because their true intention is thematerial wealth that the person has, and not him as a person.Therefore, they do not bring any happiness.
The happiness resulting from such social ties is not permanent orgenuine. This is because the fake friends do not care to comfort oroffer advice whenever their rich counterparts are in need. All theycare about are handouts and business connections of their richfriends. The world can be a lonely place if you do not have someoneto lean on in times of need. Outside they may look successful andglamorous, but inside lies a very unhappy person.
There is always something new in the market every day. A person thatderives happiness out of material things will never get satisfied inthe long run. For instance, Apple recently launched iPhone 6 beforethe dust raised by the launch of iPhone 5 could settle. It will notbe long before the company unleashes iPhone 7 and make theirmaterialistic consumers unhappy. If the individual is not able tocatch up with Apple, jealousy and unhappiness set in. The sameapplies to other commodities, including cars, furniture, houses,among others. Trying to catch up with new model is a wild goose chasefor any human being. They will finally end up feeling empty.
In conclusion, human beings should learn to derive happiness fromnon- material things. Helping that homeless person could be asfulfilling as buying a new iPhone model. Acquisition of materialwealth should not be an indication of success by any means. Peopleshould try to create a connection with another living thing insteadof getting attached to material things. As mentioned in theparagraphs above, the urge for material things is infinite,expensive, and therefore in vain. People should focus on creatinghappiness from their inner selves lack of which will render peoplemiserable and unhappy.