“The mother of excess is not joy but joylessness” ~ Friedrich Nietzche
We live in a culture of want want want, more more more. It seems as though we just cannot get enough. Homes these days have multiple laptops, iPads, and video game consoles. Our closets are stuffed full of clothes that we don’t wear. We upgrade to a newer car when our older one is just fine. Our garages are stuffed with junk that we will never use. Our refrigerators are full of food – half of which we barely touch.
This culture of excess seems to be the norm in Western Culture nowadays. But when is enough enough? I often wonder where this culture of consumerism, excess, and immediacy comes from. It’s as if we measure ourselves by our possessions, and that is so very sad.
I personally think that we have mixed up our needs with our wants.
I am going to begin asking myself, before any purchase, “Do I really need this?” I anticipate that the answer will be “no” most of the time. This is not to say that we should never buy things for ourselves. As working people we should reward ourselves now and then. I just think we place too much emphasis on our possessions, and not enough on the more meaningful things in life.
What are your thoughts? Do you think we have a problem with excess?