Hazlitt also states “to be a burden to your relations, or unable to do anything for them…” to emphasize the way an individual may feel with a lack of money. Money may just be a simple piece of paper that allows you to buy things to some, but to many it makes their life and determines their happiness and social life. Hazlitt demonstrates these emotions in a way that his audience is able to feel a deeper connection and relate to the passage
First impressions are very basic and many times biased or totally false because you have yet to “scratch the iceberg of their personality”. That is where social standings come in, most people believe that the more people you surround yourself with, the more social you are, but it’s a mixture of that and also what random people think of you. Wealth, fidelity, and honesty majorly affect a person’s social standing, but Fitzgerald teaches us that wealthy people still have problems. It is said that money doesn 't buy happiness, but in fact money can provide you with a happiness that poverty does not provide. Now that being said there is some truth to that statement; seeing as money brings its own complications.
Past research has been done but both are up, and down different stories told that some people are happy or sad, but I think it juts depends on the person and what do they make their life about. People have spiritual values they need to have to live a good life and always see the good side of things to be happy. Materialism and happiness, it shows that people could be happy with money with buying new things they haven’t had before. It will have more associate more happiness with martial purchases and the person with lower expensive things could feel less worthy and try to reach the same level in the future, but it is an endless cycle of tying to reach money that leads to happiness at the end. Im a big fan of buying new things not many people have discovered or have to feel a way of happiness.
The definition of materialism is “a tendency to consider material possessions and physical comfort as more important than spiritual values.” or in philosophy, “the theory or belief that nothing exists except matter and its movements and modifications.” Materialism focuses on material ‘things’ rather than the spiritual nature of life. The world that we live in today is composed of and surrounded by matter and materialistic things, that it is simply too hard to focus on the spiritual nature of life. Research shows that people that those who believe that materials is the main source of happiness, routinely need to buy more than they need and also tend to be less satisfied with everything else in their lives, such as their jobs, income, relationships and themselves. An example of materialism is the California Gold Rush. In January 1848, at Sutter’s Mill near a river in Sacramento, James W. Marshall found a piece of metal in the ground.
“Stuff Is Not Salvation 1.Anna Quindlen gained the knowledge of appreciating our everyday needs rather than the materialistic things that more than often we convince ourselves we need. Choosing to spend money on pointless “ junk” such as; designer clothes and accessories, flat-screens, gadgets, and immense homes isn't worth half the money. Especially when hard earned money is needed much more for rent, health insurance, and tuition. Quindlen gives an example of how a mother made a statement saying her children will appreciate the smallest things in life when having less possessions. She also gained many of society's attention and credibility by connecting the essay with the recession.
Economic privileges generally blind people to the unfavorable social conditions of their community, as wealth is commonly used as a method of physical escape. As a result, many of those belonging to this socio economic strata continue to live under the illusions of an idealistic identity, as they fear to uncover a past that may disrupt their supposed utopian lifestyle. The rare amount of people who defy and challenge the blindness evoked by economic privileges are usually awarded with a mental awakening in which they will uncover a social purpose beyond the pursuit of materialistic wealth. In the Song of Solomon, Toni Morrison explores the social transition of Milkman, a privileged individual, through the use of a spiritual awakening. Due to
Additionally, in the video Epicurus on Happiness narrated by Alain De Botton he explained why Epicurus believed that material things in life seemed to provide people with an extreme amount of pleasure. De Botton illustrated how people come to believe that happiness is tied to shopping because most people do not really understand what they need in life. He explained that Epicurus believed ultimately people become lost and find that buying useless objects we don 't really need fills that void (Epicurus on Happiness, 2012). Furthermore, Epicurus blamed advertising as contributing to people 's incessant need to purchase material goods. It was due to the fact that the advertising companies target the things we do really need in life like friendship and embed within carefully selected advertisements in order to trick our minds and make us believe we need things we really don 't need at all Epicurus on Happiness, 2012).
In today’s world and society, everything is extremely money-oriented. People have the tendency to put lots of value on tangible objects around them and fail to realize that some of the most important things are not something you can touch. The things that people tend to cherish more are treasures, or, things that carry sentimental value and cannot be sold; these are things such as love, friendship, health, family and more. Other times, people choose to put value on luxury items or things with a big price tag because they are materialistic or have a notion that owning these items will make them happier. In the course of every person’s life, they learn that money cannot buy happiness.
Money can eliminate the struggle of money problems, which most likely outcomes to unhappiness, additionally, money can buy happiness as long as one gives some of the money away. Proponents argue causes of happiness that are attained because of money or wealth is most importantly because of where the money is being spent. Being wealthy or having a fortune is not always about spending ones money on themselves. In fact, some of the wealthiest people on earth are most likely to become miserable because of how they tend to spend their money. In “Can Money Buy Happiness?” Flynn (2013) writes that Elizabeth Dunn and Michael Norton have proved evidence that spending money on others and by helping them is how money buys happiness.
These people live in poorer conditions and come from a country that grants them less opportunities. If these citizens are proven to be more optimistic than Americans, it is clear that there is an issue with how we view the world. In America, many individuals stress more about the gap between the rich and poor; who has it all and who doesn’t. Graham continues to state that “being poor in a very wealthy and unequal country-which eschews social support for those who fall behind- results in especially high levels of stress and desperation”. As someone is struggling to keep up with society’s expectations along with many other struggles, it may be difficult to remain positive.