How Much More?

           Surrounded by ceaseless enticing advertisements, from the moment we get up and browse our phones, we are trying to resist the temptation to give in. Every other day there is a newer version of the same old product, rendering the previous version irrelevant. And, thus begins our quest to achieve these ‘better versions’, in the hopes that this will bring us the satisfaction we dread for. In this pursuit, more often than not we end up splurging ridiculous amounts of money for items that probably aren’t going to see the light of the day. And, here we are drowning in the sea of all our materialistic possessions; in the hopes that it will bring us the gratification that we desire.

         We expect to feel immense satisfaction after buying copious amounts of products, to feel some degree of contentment; and we probably just might for a fleeting moment or two. But in the long run, they are just meaningless supplies we will eventually stop bothering about; because we were allured by ‘the latest new fad’. We are fervently optimistic about the ‘sale’ sign we see at the stores; that we don’t take a moment to process the rationale behind our purchases. We become boisterous and giddy with excitement at the thought of ‘reduced prices’, and that is our last straw. So, we happily fill our shopping carts to the brim, without any second thoughts.

          This is where the concept of “minimalism” comes into play, it can be more liberating than you think. It is not just any passing trend that requires you to pack your belongings in a bag-pack. It is the idea of freedom from this deranged consumer culture, and the preposterous need to consume at all times. It is a means to de-clutter your life and provide a sense of direction. We have developed an unhealthy obsession for our material possessions. In this fast-paced life, we have become heavily reliant on our possessions that they have taken up a huge chunk of our emotional space. Eventually, we try to make up for our inadequacies by consuming even more; and it has turned into our defence mechanism.

         The concept of minimalism is much more than to accomplish a reduction in our consumption, it also requires us to consume according to our needs, and not fall a prey to the erratic consumption culture. The world coerces into believing that the more you own, the better your life is, but is it?  Is more really what you need?



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17 thoughts on “How Much More?”

  1. Let’s take it from the perspective of thermodynamics. Having potential energy (read money [are we still on the barter thing?]) isn’t really helpful and it sets you for an unstable equilibrium (otherwise if you decide to turn philanthropic). So you feel entitled to convert it into more useful form (read expenditure on materialistic possessions). Your needs adjust to your capacity, that’s how human psychology works.

    On the broader level, nothing might matter beyond food, cloth and shelter but we are always looking to enhance our lifestyle. Keep in mind, it is highly influenced by society as well. ‘Wanting more’ is a necessary evil. It has pushed the frontier further but on the other hand, it has also given space for greed to sprout up. With good comes bad, yin-yang and their fight turns the clock forward. How one condition his/her requirements is entirely upto an individual.

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    1. exactly. how one conditions his/her required is exactly upto an individual. the idea of minimalism is more so, liberating, in a sense. greed plays a part, sure but so does our emotional urge to accomplish satisfaction with this farcial consumer behaviour.

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  2. Consumption of anything decreases gradually to the degree being more and more consumed .we need less if we consume more .we get less satisfaction per unit more consumption.i f we value matter it will fail to give satisfaction as much unit of matter as much going on increasing.so consumption of matter is material while satisfaction is mental .A matter cannot give satisfaction to the mind because it has quality to accept or reject which a matter does not have.

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