Material Possessions will never bring happiness
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'Material Possessions will never bring happiness' This quotation is partly true and in other ways quite inaccurate. It's relevant and applicable to our lives only when we stop to think about what really does bring us satisfaction. The key is to know the difference between our needs and desires. Money is a desire, we can live without it. In fact many people on reaching a high status in wealth have been known to say they were happier before it. We work everyday to earn money and yet how many people can say by the time they get their pay check that they are completely happy. Money does not satisfy us we only crave for more, it does not bring happiness, and if it did we would already be happy!
Even Christianity supports this point of view, in the Bible, Ecclesiastes 5:10 it says; "He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves abundance with its income." In some ways this quotation is inapplicable to everyday life. After all we have all experienced the rush of happiness when we receive our pocket money, or the exhilaration that comes over us when we peel off the cover of our new game or CD. It is therefore impossible to say that material goods will never bring happiness. Take for example the Live Aid campaign. When the World Leaders agreed to clear the Third World debts and give them even more money, it was not only the third world that was happy but the rest of the world with them.
And we eventually get tired of things we absolutely adored when we first got them. This doesn't mean that I agree with the other view that money will never bring happiness, though. I believe it will but it will never be lasting. Materialistic goods bring different types of happiness, it all depends on what kind of happiness you crave. There are millionaires in the world that are perfectly happy and others who feel that way because of their family and friends. Happiness is different with different people and for some it is achieved through materialistic goods. For example this quotation would be highly relevant for Buddhists, Christians and certain others and yet completely in accurate for others. It would be impossible to say this quote is just true or untrue. For me however, I would say it is accurate but only in certain situations. ?? ?? ?? ??
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