Materialism Doesn’t Have An End

We are in a race to materialism. We aim to have more and better than others or to have the best ones exactly like what others have. Sadly, it is already our human nature to compete with others, and to aim for more. We are never contented. We would wish for a piece of mango but when we are given one, we will ask for more without being grateful for having one. We forget that we are given more than others. We have a latest phone while others can’t even have the cheapest one. We can eat the food we want, while others can’t even have a clean water to drink. We have a shelter, while others find a place in the street every night to sleep. We have varieties of clothes, while others have just one. We are given more than what we need but we are never contented. We cannot appreciate what we have because we focus on having more and better. We race to reach the top of materialism when it doesn’t have an end. It is actually a race to nothing.

One great example to this is the trend of mobile phones. New models will be out every after a while and there we go racing to get the latest models as much as possible even when we cannot afford it. We will do whatever it takes just to have the latest, and trendy even our phone in hand is bought just a year ago and still plays its job same as new. We have our phone that works for everything we need yet we want to change it upon hearing that a new one is out. Many of us are into loans just to have these materials we eagerly want to have. We think it will make us comfortable but it can actually bring burden to us at the end. It’s not a sin to buy things for ourselves if we can afford them. But, if we can’t then we should be contented of what we have and be grateful.

Chasing materialism includes chasing the latest cars, mobile phones, house, laptops, etc. These will give us a temporary kind of joy that will banish even before they fade. That is why we always aim for something new and better because materials don’t give lasting joy. Beware of this race because it makes us dissatisfied of the precious things we have. Another worse scenario of materialism that happens when we aren’t satisfied of what we have is that case that destroys marriages. Discontentment may lead us to finding younger, better looking, and new spouses. If we think this way then truly we will be among those miserable.

Instead of worrying the entire day on how to reach the sky by having all the materials we think are good for us, it is better to focus on things that actually matter such as learning, friendships, close family ties, and children’s joy. Be grateful for the gems that are already given to us. Those who can’t see what those gems are, perhaps are already blinded by the kaleidoscopes of this world. If we chase materialism, we will never be contented and that will make us trapped in misery. Simple things are actually the better ones. So, live simply.

Najmah is a Clinical Nutritionist, Med student and Writer. She is the founder of The Muslim Bricks. You can also find her blogging on her blog, By Najmah, where she writes about wellness, personal excellence, and her journey to white coat.

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