“The world says: “You have needs — satisfy them. You have as much right as the rich and the mighty. Don’t hesitate to satisfy your needs; indeed, expand your needs and demand more.” This is the worldly doctrine of today. And they believe that this is freedom. The result for the rich is isolation and suicide, for the poor, envy and murder.”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Money and materialism seem to go hand-in-hand and sometimes people who seek a materialistic lifestyle miss out on what life has to offer. In a recent article a man who won $27 million dollars in the lottery died broke and destitute.
There is no doubt that money is necessary to meet our needs and beyond that money doesn’t buy happiness as evident in the article about the lottery winner. Chasing material things seemed to only bring more misery and more strife for this individual.
Evaluate deeply what really matters to you. Are you seeking what brings genuine happiness or are you seeking the myth of happiness (material wealth)? It turns out that the lottery winner didn’t have to worry about leaving his wealth behind, he lost it long before he died, along with his friends and family.
Some people are able to manage large sums of money well and they don’t let money become their sole focus and yet many others don’t.
“Possessions, outward success, publicity, luxury – to me these have always been contemptible. I believe that a simple and unassuming manner of life is best for everyone, best for both the body and the mind.”
― Albert Einstein