Today’s world is full of crimes ranging from tax evasion and fraud to robberies and murders. We see these crimes going on around us, but have we ever stopped to think about what the common motive is behind them all?
Today’s society is so influenced by the need for possessions that it can be argued that most of these crimes can be chalked up to an obsession with materialism.
A robber breaks into a house to steal a flat screen TV and jewelry to acquire more wealth and prestige. A woman sells her body on the street to make money. A drug dealer kills someone and steals their money so he can go buy more drugs. A kid steals a nifty pen at the book fair to look cool later in class with his new gadget and another man steals credit cards to bring luxury to his family.
The one thing that all these crimes have in common is that they are all rooted in the name of material acquisitions and the idea of these acquisitions leading to a much more gratifying lifestyle as a result.
In this superficial world we currently live in, a person with wealth and power is considered a success, an elite. The person who does not have many material possessions is considered a failure. Apart from influence various criminal acts, materialism also subconsciously makes those who aspire to it rather dissatisfied with themselves and their life. So with that said, is materialism really the root of all evil?
Many believe that having the right image and status because of our wealth and materialistic possessions is what rewards us with a meaningful, blissful life. However, studies have shown that those who are influenced by consumer-driven society and revolve their lives around materialistic attainments seem to be less happy.
Research has also shown that sub traits of materialistic people are greed and envy and the need to live by someone else’s standards, constantly aspiring to be like a wealthy individual by attaining similar possessions or viewpoints.
Research of this nature will continue to expose the negative effects of a materialistic perspective, no matter how glamorous or gratifying it may seem. By researching “materialism” you will end up with a pile of reasons why it is in fact, the root of all evil.
I personally say F YOU to the research. How about we use common sense instead? Yes, many crimes evolve from materialism. But if poverty is what causes crime, then why do we have rich people committing crimes as well?
Even though it’s natural to become unhappy when one doesn’t reach the material acquisitions he or she has longed for, it seems that researchers have forgotten that some of the most celebrated and beneficial traits a person can have are DRIVE & DETERMINATION.
Those are key qualities of the materialistic person. A person who wants a life of reward and pleasure is someone who only wants to improve themselves as a human being, someone who wants to have enough to lavishly spoil their family, which eliminates the selfishness trait that researches have attached to it.
My definition of a materialistic person, coming from my common sense rather than a dictionary, is a “go getter”. Someone who knows what they want and wont stop till they have it. Someone who won’t settle for the bare minimum like the rest and stand out. Someone who believes that having luxuries and no worries about money can make a person happy.
Researchers leave out the positives of the materialistic perspective and that’s why I decided not to be one sided like they are, because I am so sure that this lifestyle is just as satisfying as it seems. Many might think materialism and the greed that comes with it are evil, but I believe its actually the opposite.
I believe greed is good. Greed motivates evolution and new discoveries of human potential. Greed is people trying to get as much as they can for themselves, and I can’t ever imagine that being a bad thing.
Cindy Prado | Elite.