Monday, February 24, 2014

Braggers of Materialism

If you know me very well you'll know that I'm not into brands, yet I'm a flashy girl who likes nice things like the average person. Who doesn't want to look good? Now for most people that doesn't make sense so let me break it down for you; I wouldn't buy "red-bottom" shoes because they're "Louboutins" but I would buy them because my favorite color is red, and I fell in love with them at first sight not knowing who made them when I found them at some clearance sale for $40 with my coupon. If you're still not clear about what being materialistic is and how I feel about it, let me do this in a Q&A form:

Q: What is materialism?
A: məˈti(ə)rēəˌlizəm/ noun 1. a tendency to consider material possessions and physical comfort as more important than spiritual values.

Q: Michelle, you say you're not a materialistic person then why do you like fancy things, such as cars, homes, and clothing?
A: Being materialistic has nothing to do with your likes/preferences/tastes for things and has everything to do with the attitude that you live to acquire and only accept the things are expensive, luxurious, and/or popular. As stated in the definition, being materialistic would cause you to not be comfortable with living within your means, and not furthering one's self spiritually. The sole quest would be to further yourself materially. I like nice things but only for a bargain price. For my $600, a purse or shoe should have my name on it in real gold, not the name of some narcissistic idiot who thought they could take over the world with it. Just saying.

Q: Michelle, didn't you say you made a wish-list for your husband for holidays and anniversaries?
A: Yes, I did, because my husband needs help in getting an idea of what to buy me. I'm not extreme or particular. It's the thought that counts, so why not make it easier for him when he's got a demanding job and we have a lot going on at home. It's better than not celebrating an anniversary at all. I have simple items on the wishlist such as scented candles, chocolates, books, and makeup. Higher end things I have on there are like gold hoop earrings because why not if it's a gift?

With that being said, you will never catch me with jeans on that cost over $100 that look like I got them at the thrift store and yes I know about quality because you better look like a G if you spent a G on an outfit. Raise your standards without raising the price.

I feel that success is no longer measured in whether you are happy at the end of the day. Success is no longer about whether or not you've reached your goals. Happiness is no longer measured by a smile on your face, a content heart,  and overwhelming gratitude that you feel blessed to be alive. Individuals today are now measuring their happiness by: How many things did I acquire? How many people did I impress? Who has a bigger/better __________ than me?

Are we striving to better ourselves or are we striving because we need to look successful? While it's a rat-race for everyone to keep up with one another, it's also a disgusting charade on social media of people boasting about what they have and making up lies about the things they don't have. Take these rappers for instance, I was pretty surprised by it:

Published yesterday via Mark Dice on ThisIs50.com 

What irks me the most is the fact that we're breeding the most aggressive people in today's consumer economy; KIDS!
So you're talking about buying and doing xyz and you don't have some of the most necessary and basic things for your kids? Really? 
Everything on earth is part of a material world, a temporary prison in which we come back through the laws of karma. If we raise our consciousness and remain humble when we triumph over adversity maybe we have a chance at some real happiness even if it is temporary.