Keeping up with the Joneses
We are currently living in a capitalist society. Where everyone has to earn a living in order to survive and we also want more. I personally do not have a problem with our way of living. However, what really bothers me is the nonsense of keeping up with the Joneses. Not only do we want bigger and better things. We also want to be better than everyone else. Is this a healthy way to live?
No, I do not think so. A little competition does not hurt anybody. But, I see many people that are constantly comparing their material possessions to that of others as well as themselves. This behavior is insane for various reasons.
1. Everyone is different- There are no two individuals in this world that are exactly alike. We all have our different virtues and flaws. Therefore, success in life whether personally or professionally should be define by individuals but, in their own terms.
2. Waste of time and energy- Instead of spending time comparing your self, your possessions etc. to someone else’s you can invest it in to doing something productive for yourself.
3. Keeping up with the Joneses is unrealistic- Let’s face it, there are all type of people. So, can you really compete with EVERYONE? Besides even if you win the lotto there are always going to be people richer than you. The same rule applies on the other direction too. There are always people that have less than you. So, even if you do not have much, be thankful.
4. It can lower your confidence level- Constantly comparing yourself to a successful friend or family member can eventually have a direct negative effect on you. Therefore, your confidence level can decrease.
Remember we are all uniquely special in one way or another. Wanting to have material things to me is not that bad. However, it does become an issue if you value yourself solely for what you have. Instead, always remember the following quote”: Ordinary riches can be stolen; real riches cannot. In your soul are infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you.” ~Oscar