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The Damaging Effects of Materialism



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Man is hasty and greedy by instinct. He always remains in search of better to best. His irresistible urge to get the best for him has made materialistic, making him a machine with no emotions and feelings. He is only interested in making more and more money irrespective of religious and moral values. The man of today is a perfect example of materialism.

This irrational materialism has damaged our moral, religious and spiritual values to a great extent. The love for minting money has made us avaricious. we hardly realise the fact the our desires are never-ending. The more we get, the more we want. The more we have the more we want. And for this reason, we never have it all.The tragedy of human history is decreasing happiness in the midst of increasing comforts. If one only wished to be happy, this could be easily accomplished, but we wish to be happier than other people, and this is always difficult, for we believe others to be happier than they are.

The tentacles of materialism have firmly gripped us. This menace has deprived us of our true, genuine and loyal friends. In this age of meterialism, it is hard to find sincere friends. Now, money and personal gains have become yardstick or criterion for friendship. The more influential and wealthy you are, the more friends you are surrounded with. In fact, these all friends of yours are so-called and insincere. They stick to you until they get their desired goal. once it is achieved, they leave you as if they never existed.

Materialism has drifted us away from our religion. The religious values are on decline. we hardly care about them, rather we have become indifferent to them. This devil-may-care attitude towards our religion is condemnable.

It has also deprived us of natural beauty. How true Wordsworth was when he said, "The world is too much with us". Excessive materialism has turned our peaceful world into chaos. Now, we witness terrorism, extremism, sabotaging, and other societal evils due ever-increasing materialism. We have lost inner happiness. Material luxurious objects have miserably failed to give us true happiness and peace.

It goes without saying that luxurious life without peace of mind and inner happiness is of no significance and value. Therefore, excessive interest and urge of worldly success will serve no purpose. It further clouds and blurs our vision. It must be borne in mind that this world is ephemeral. The success here means little, for the real success is the success in the Hereafter. It is our prime duty not to let materialism dominate our lives and eclipse the vision of true success- that is in the life to come.

 

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