We're all consumers. At least, that's what we're referred to by corporations and market researchers. And they're probably right. We all consume, use up and maybe even waste goods. And consumerism tells us to keep doing it. Our economic order encourages us to purchase stuff in ever-increasing amounts.
Our goal in life is to get a better job, earn more money, buy more things, get a better car, a bigger home. That's just the rule of nature, right? You can't just be happy with that ol' Fiat. Get a Porsche, get a Mercedes. Get something new. Otherwise, society will perceive you a as a failure. We're identified by what we own.
We spend so much time on the hunt for the next flashy new thing. We live FOR stuff. And I surely cannot speak for everyone, but this lifestyle made me feel miserable.
I always thought I had to climb up that career ladder, I had to get promoted, I had make more money. The only way to go is up. But why do I need more and more and more money? To buy more things? To go on more extravagant vacations? Must be for that 'cause I don't see any other reason.
I stopped believing in it.
And my guess is that if I had kept thinking that way and had worked and worked so hard for more money, my hunger still wouldn't have gotten fulfilled.
If I may quote The Minimalists: "You can't get enough of what you don't really want."
Honestly, how happy makes you yet another purchase? And for how long? And is it the thing you want, at all, or do you want how it makes you feel?
British researches found that an average 10-year-old owns 238 toys, but plays with just 12 "favorites" daily. I haven't found any statistics on adults, but my guess is that it won't be too different.
With how many of your "toys" do you play daily?
Don't buy into consumerism. RESIST! ✊