MATERIALISM: DRAINING HUMANITY OUT OF HUMANS

By Serwaa Ampaafo

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Materialism is in fact the attitude of considering material possessions and physical comfort over ethical or moral values. Most people equate materialism to success hence overrating the idea. In fact there is no fixed definition for success as everyone has his/her own perception of it. Also, what worked for a particular generation of successful folks to attain their heights might not necessarily work for the next.

Why is it that most people today are the way they are? Why are people  so engrossed in themselves that they’ve forgotten the bigger picture? 

The youth today  amidst the fact that unemployment and prices of goods are at crisis level, are so engrossed in people perceiving them with the kind of gadgets(phones, laptops etc) they have, the apartments they live in, the labels they wear and the car they drive that they have forgotten what really matters―the satisfaction and peace within.

With   self-image attached to possessions,  self-esteem becomes extremely low, harboring traits like insecurity, selfishness, unfulfillment and jealousy. Most people’s  existence revolves around material possessions hence the constant need to satisfy themselves with them to appeal to on-lookers. 

Most people are more attached to the idea of owning fancy things than the idea of nurturing and growing ideas that may last for life. The dream today is to be rich rather than becoming a visionary. 

With a large number of youth being attached to materialistic desires rather than developing appropriate social bonds, the quality of the lives they live is in serious jeopardy. 

With the  drive to fulfill such never-ending materialistic needs, it is truly dreadful to imagine what kind of steps can be undertaken to achieve them. With the ‘good life’ being promoted as the ‘goods life’, failure to achieve the achieve this dream quickly could result in them suffer from psychological problems like depression, stress and hopelessness.

 

This study also found that materialism was highest in the phase when advertising economy, suggesting that advertising may have had a crucial role to play in the development of materialism in the youth. According to Twenge, this might even explain the gap that exists between materialism and the unwillingness of the youth to work, as advertisements never really show the hard work one needs to put in to earn the money needed to buy the product being advertised.

With a large number of youth being attached to materialistic desires rather than developing appropriate social bonds, the quality of the lives they live is in serious jeopardy. With the lack of drive to fulfill such never-ending materialistic needs, it is truly dreadful to imagine what kind of steps can be undertaken to achieve them. With the ‘good life’ being promoted as the ‘goods life’, failure to achieve the achieve this dream quickly could result in them suffer from psychological problems like depression, stress, hopelessness, and low self-esteem.

Our children are what we, as a society, shape them into. They are capable of being great visionaries and leaders working for the greater good. But with the current scenario, it is truly horrifying to imagine the fate of our world filled with highly narcissistic and materialistic individuals.

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