Materialism is a cancer that is suppressing our surroundings while we allow large companies to benefit. Not only is materialism dwindling the money in our bank accounts, it seems to be eating at our level of happiness and mother Earth.
Many of us insist on competing with each other to impress our peers in order to gain an immense number of friends. In doing so, we are unable to notice the negative effects of materialism. Materialists are acting as parasites to the Earth and people they are competing with. Many are too busy focusing on their next purchase and do not notice what materialism really costs:
- human labor
- fossil fuels
- increased pollution
- harmful working conditions
- personal relationships
This means that our constant desire for new things is killing the Earth.
Personally, I enjoy my friends for who they are not what they wear or drive. I am also thankful for the natural resources that the Earth provides and the beauty in which it holds. I am no longer allowing materialism to interfere with my relationships with friends and peers. I am also going to focus more on the pleasure the Earth brings to me instead of the items made from its resources. So, instead of splurging on a Michael Kors handbag or a Pandora bracelet, I save my money for trips to the beach and dinner dates with friends. Experiences make us happier than possessions do while also allowing pleasure from the world around us.