Avoiding the Trap of Materialism

Jody Holmes
Jody is a humanitarian environmentalist who is dedicated to helping people and the planet.
Personal Development

Jan 09,2018

“If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or objects”. ~ Albert Einstein



The fascination and obsession with material things in modern societies is very evident. What is not so evident to many people are the tremendous impacts that materialism has on many different things in the world. One doesn’t have to look very hard to discover that many of those impacts are detrimental to many people, many animals, many communities and to the essential ecosystems we depend on for our very survival.

But what might be very surprising to many people is that some people who suffer from the impacts of materialism suffer unknowingly. These are the people who have been manipulated by the marketing and media of large corporations that view people as nothing more than customers that will increase their profits. Unfortunately, many people fall into this category simply because of the powerful psychological tactics that are used by many corporations. There is a documentary film called ‘The Corporation’ that explains how corporations have manipulated people over the years.

There is so much “stuff” in our lives that distract us that we fail to take the time to even understand who we are, how we exist, or why we exist. It is very important to know who you are, what enables you to exist, and what is the meaning of your life. If you do not know these things it will be virtually impossible for you to live a meaningful, enjoyable, fulfilling and happy life. Therefore, it is critical for your personal health and well-being to significantly reduce the distractions in your life.

Distractions prevent you from understanding who you are, dreaming of who you can be, and becoming who you want to be. There is nothing more important a person can do for themselves than remove the distractions in their life and achieve mental clarity. Having mental clarity will allow you to be clear on who you are and what you want to accomplish. It will allow you to focus your attention on whatever you put your mind to. And it will allow you to contribute to the best of your ability towards everything you do.

Eliminating the “stuff” that distracts you will help you to;

1) achieve inner peace and true happiness,

2) establish meaningful connections and build unbreakable bonds with others,

3) nurture your health and wellness,

4) identify what your purpose in life is,

5) learn to understand the world you live in and how you are affected by the many different influences in your life,

6) learn how to live a socially responsible lifestyle,

7) learn how to live an environmentally responsible lifestyle, and

8) learn how to be a positive role model who contributes to improving the community you live in.

Get rid of the unnecessary “stuff” in your life that create distractions and negativity. Figure out your purpose in life. Take care of yourself and your loved ones. And learn about the world around you and the impacts of your lifestyle. You will have a much healthier and happier life if you do these things. 

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