There is an obsession with money and the making of it in our society today.
Most of this is driven by two “-isms” — materialism and consumerism. This is in turn is driven by the mainstream mass media and the global corporate advertising machine.
Materialism and consumerism. The need to accumulate more “stuff.” The need to buy more “toys.” The need to “keep up with the Joneses.”
As the saying goes:
Too many people spend money they don’t have to buy things they don’t need to impress people they don’t like.
Or put to put it another way — here’s my preferred version from Fight Club 😏 — start at the 0:15 mark or just watch the whole thing as it’s an awesome scene:
Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes. Working jobs we hate so we can buy shit we don’t need. – Tyler Durden
Don’t fall into this trap. It’s a vicious cycle. Buying worthless things on credit just for the short-term high of getting something new. It’s an addiction.
In exchange people are trading parts of their lives (if you have a job you are selling your time for money) for worthless objects.
Look around your house. All those things you bought and convinced yourself were “needs” not “wants.” How many times have you really used it? Or is it just sitting there causing clutter and gathering dust.
That’s why there’s this obsession with buying bigger houses. This “bigger is better” mentality stems from having too many things which require space for storing.
That’s another cost of buying things that people don’t realize or even consider. The cost of ongoing storage. The cost of clutter and disorganization.
This is a pathological disease of the first world. I would highly recommend Chuck Palahniuk’s “gloriously original” novel which articulates this far better than I ever could. See below for a TL;DR description of the book.
I want to leave you with these final words…
Freedom is the real currency
In the hustle and bustle of daily life and the daily grind, don’t forget that money is just a means to an end and all your worldly possessions are just transitory. Freedom is the real currency you should be aiming for.
Always check yourself by consistently asking “what am I really working for?”
If you haven’t read the novel Fight Club I would highly recommend you check it out. It’s a thrilling read which reads as a novel but really explores and exposes what is at the core of our modern world. This review of the book is the best I’ve seen. It captures the core message in the book.
It’ll change your outlook on humanity for a bit (All of Chuck Palahniuk’s Books do), and make you want to give up your worldly possessions and do something with your life. It makes you understand that people do tend to size up and summarize their life by their possessions.
I think most would have seen this but did you know it was based on a novel? The film is great but the novel has more time and space to dig deeper and explore its core thesis in more depth.