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The Insatiability of Wants

“Money has never made man happy, nor will it, there is nothing in its nature to produce happiness. The more of it one has the more one wants.” Benjamin Franklin.

“Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants.” Epictetus.

The Wise tell a cautionary tale about the insatiability of Wants, and how falling into Greed devastates the good life.  Still, like Cassandra in ancient lore, their wisdom remains frequently unheeded.

Glamour, Excessive Consumerism and Other Excessive Wants

The modern pursuit of glitzy glamour and the lure of Consumerism is more commonplace than ever.  Many today crave expensive/excess dining, clothing, jewellery, cars and other material wants, or envy others who flaunt it. Yet on obtaining the object of their desire, they begin to bore, discover deficiencies, tire of maintenance and seek the next high.

The fact is Wants are like opiates, the more we get, the more we crave.  Eventually there is not enough for the next spike.  Withdrawal symptoms or drug tolerance is experienced in absentia.

Focusing on Needs

Perhaps, we should endeavour focus on our basic needs instead, that which sufficient to help us grow, and much less onerous to satisfy.  On achieving true abundance, we can appreciate our blessings, deepen our understanding of Life’s mysteries and help those less fortunate than ourselves.

P.S: This is not to say that we should go extreme or cold turkey, but the point is to illustrate that we are so much more fortunate than others, who do not have enough for their basic needs.  So that perhaps instead of being too consumed with excessive wants, we can count our blessings, improve ourselves meaningfully and give back.  Different points of view and comments are welcome.  Thank you.

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Needs vs Wants

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“Money has never made man happy, nor will it, there is nothing in its nature to produce happiness. The more of it one has the more one wants.” Benjamin Franklin.

“Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants.” Epictetus.

“Happiness is there where wants and needs are small, but the desire to give is big.”  Debasish Mridha.

“When we confuse the needs with the desires; all the struggles we take lead to failure and disappointment.”  M.F. Moonzajer.

“I wish people could accomplish everything they want so they could learn its not everything they need.”   Orrin Woodward.

Giving in the Right Ways

“Give a man a fish, he’ll eat for a day; teach him how to fish, and he’ll eat for a lifetime.” Anon.

“Love is not patronizing and charity isn’t about pity, it is about love. Charity and love are the same — with charity you give love, so don’t just give money but reach out your hand instead.” Mother Teresa.

“Liberality is not giving much but giving wisely.” Benjamin Franklin.

“Charity bestowed upon those who are worthy of it is like good seed sown on a good soil that yields an abundance of fruits. But alms given to those who are yet under the tyrannical yoke of the passions are like seed deposited in a bad soil. The passions of the receiver of the alms choke, as it were, the growth of merits.” Buddha.

“You make a living by what you get; you make a life by what you give.”  Anon.

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