Are we too Materialistic?

Are we too Materialistic?


it doesn’t seem to make sense to suggest
that there might be such a thing as good materialism. After all isn’t materialism
just plain bad always? It can seem as if we’re faced with a stark choice. Either
you can be materialistic and that means obsessed with money and possessions
shallow and selfish, or you can reject materialism be good and focus on more
important matters of the Spirit. But in truth most of us are in our hearts stuck
somewhere between these two choices, which is pretty uncomfortable. We’re
still in meshed in the desire to possess but we’re encouraged to feel rather bad
about it. Yet crucially it’s not actually materialism the pure fact of buying
things and getting excited by possessions that ever really the problem.
With failing to make a clear distinction between good and bad versions of
materialism. Let’s try to understand good materialism through a slightly
unusual route, religion. Because we see them as focused
exclusively on spiritual things it can be surprising to note how much use
religions have made of material things. They’ve spent a lot of time making and
thinking about Scrolls to hang in your house – shrines, temples, monasteries,
artworks, clothes, ceremonies; however, they’ve cared about these things for one
reason only, because they’ve wanted material things to serve the highest and
noblest purpose, the development of our souls. It’s just that they’ve recognized
that we are incarnate sensory bodily beings and that the way to get through
to our souls has to be at least in part through our bodies rather than merely
through the intellect. The importance of material things was for centuries at the
core of Christianity, which proposed that Jesus was both the highest spiritual
being and a flashing blood person. He was the spirit incarnate, holiness embodied
in the Catholic Mass great significance is accorded to the bread and wine which
are believed to be transubstantiation of Christ. That is material objects which
simultaneously have a spiritual identity just as Jesus himself combined the
spiritual and the bodily while on Earth. This can all sound
like a very weird and arcane point entirely removed from the local shopping
mall. But exactly the same concept actually applies outside of religions
many good material possessions can be said to involve a kind of
transubstantiation whereby they are both practical and physical and also embody
or allude to a positive personality or spirit. Take this watch by the designer
dieter Rams to the outer I it’s an ordinary timepiece. But at a
psychological level it’s also a kind of transubstantiation. It tells the
time but it also hints at a more psychological even spiritual side with
ideals of purity simplicity and harmony floating around it. It tells us how long
there is to lunch but it’s also trying to nudge us towards being a certain sort
of person. Or take this chair it too transubstantiate a set of important values
straightforwardness, strength, honesty and elegance by getting closer to the
chair we stand to become a little more like it which is an important piece of
inner evolution. Material objects can therefore be said to play a positive
psychological or spiritual role in our lives when higher more positive ideals
are materialized in them and so when buying and using them daily gives us a
chance to get closer to our better selves. When they’re contained in
physical things valuable psychological qualities that are otherwise often
intermittent in our thoughts and conduct can become more stable and resilient.
This isn’t to say that all consumerism just conveniently turns out to be great
it depends on what a given material object stands for. An object can
transubstantiated sides of human nature greed callousness the desire to triumph
as much as it can the best sides. So we must be careful not to decry or
celebrate all material consumption just like that. We have to ensure that the
objects we invest in and tire ourselves and the planet by making are those that
lend most encouragement to our higher better natures.

100 thoughts on “Are we too Materialistic?

  1. What spirit? Who ever discovered essence, no one, that's who. You briefly live and die, as best you know how, at the time. There is only dirt or ash after death, that's all the evidence will support. End of the story.

  2. I'd say these materialism isn't necessarily bad on the personal level, but it a terrible thing on the societal level. It is repugnant that our society is structured in such a way that prioritizes materialism (ie: "economic growth") over individual freedom.

  3. I agree that a watch is much more than just a timepiece but I disagree that what it represents is in anyway spiritual. A nice watch is a social status symbol and nothing else. Signaling to others that you have extra money to spend on what is nothing more than a fashion accessory is a status display not some type of spiritual calling as you purport.

  4. Material things are neither good or bad. They just are. And there is nothing wrong with wanting to possess them, in my opinion. The problem is when our possessions (or pursuit of them) own us.

  5. Is there an objective way to discern whether or not our materialism is being used for good or evil? It's so easy in my own biased mind to say that something I want will contribute to a better version of myself.

  6. I click on "are we too materialistic?"
    first thing that plays is an ad "hey, are you shopping for a projector?" XD

  7. People say my(along with others' but I can only say for myself) phone is very materialistic and that having one and using one means I'm too attached to technology. But with it I can talk to people I couldn't otherwise talk to, learn things , and keep track of dates and important things I'm supposed to do. So, to me, i 100% don't need it to live but it does improve my life in a not totally superficial way.

  8. I hate to be the astrology bitch but materialism is in a Taurus' blood. However, everyone has a certain extent. For example, I love gifts and things but I'd also be content in a small apartment instead of a large house. I don't think materialism is a bad thing, it depends on how you apply it to your life.

  9. Another capitalist defending greed. DOWN WITH THE BOURGEOISIE! RISE UP MY BRETHREN! MAKE SOVIETS GREAT AGAIN!

  10. I will say one thing .. Personally I think that Materialism is the concept to be applied only for need. Your necessary stuffs like toothbrush, soap, clothes, foods, utensils, home etc are good materialism. But the word called "LIMIT" can change it from good to bad. If you are too much shopaholic, If you buy stuffs even though you have enough stuffs like that, you are interested in Bad materialism. Actually The inequality is caused due to this I believe. The lure in it can make you quite complex.

  11. companies make us hate ourselves and have exploited our biggest insecurities for profits.

  12. The thing is, the value of that watch is in the eye of the beholder. To me it's simply a watch. A tool to tell time. It really doesn't say anything about me as a person.

    Materialism is like anything, to much becomes a bad thing. There are some things that may hold real value that are worth getting. For instance, books can help us learn and expand our minds. Barbells can help us become strong. Etc. Things like decorations, fancy clothing, etc, only tickle our brains but serve no purpose to help us grow as people. Things that don't help us grow as people are kind of vain when you think about it.

    Now that doesn't mean you should only get things that have personal usage. You can get decorations or nice clothes if you want. Just don't get attached to them and revolve your life around them. Don't let the things you own start to own you.

  13. The generation I see today, including me (although I'm getting out), are so damned… like they want to pursue all those designer brands, materialism, automation, etc… you keep seeing the same thing, and it looks like that there is no soul. Spiritually, where I'm from, there's a mix. But when you hang out at the cities, mostly the young generation looks like, they are just… black. There's nothing. You've got the brains, but… towards money- it just gives you a sense of comfort that is bodily comfortable. More less than materialism, superficiality, insane, unfair competitiveness is given into the mix. I can tell you, whatever you do… please, do not work in cities.

  14. This whole video is just plain wrong. People are materialistic because they always want to feel rich. They like to splurge on designer things because they want to look rich and know how it feels like to have luxury toys.

  15. We're materialistic because it works….

    Not everybody can be moral and faithful and all that bullshit because it's not for everybody. It's not for me because I've realized that society will always treat me like shit no matter what I do. That's why I'm turning to material goods so I can try to find myself through possessions…I simply get nothing from people because like I said, I'll just be treated like shit again, just like 50% of the population who isn't skilled, beautiful, extroverted, etc. I'm fucking tired of all these moral agents telling me how to live. Materialism will always be my god because that is the only choice I have and the only choice that is willing to accept me.

    Go ahead and flame. Idgaf.

  16. I like my Gibson SG and my Doc Martens because they are both reliable, useful and they make me happy. I don't regard myself as materialistic nor do I want more of either or these things.

  17. It depends. Spending your money on an item that will bring you happiness and pleasure (like a musical instrument or a video game) isn't bad. But aspiring to own more and more "stuff" to make yourself feel rich is wrong.

  18. hmm… I don't believe it is about the objects at all. If I own a lawn mower and share when it is is needed by my neighbors, is completely different than owning a yard full of lawnmowers – such that I have no room for a lawn.

    Materialism, at the fundamental level, is about the balance of individualism and community. Individuals need to fight for their rights, for themselves. At the same time, every individual is a member of many communities, families (at least two in most cases), friends, co-workers, various levels of religion, government, corporations, etc. Each community is also an individual, which must "look out for number 1". As individuals we need find a healthy balance between extremes of individual materialism, which serves no-one, not even ourselves. extremes of sharing or giving everything away, which leaves us with nothing and can leave others dependent on us, rather than on their own individuality.

    Every multi-cellular organism consists of individuals and community, and must maintain a healthy balance or die. Every anthill, every beehive is a community of self-interested individuals, serving a self-interested community. Every tree in the forest is an individual that benefits when other plants thrive closer – and benefits when it can encourage other plants to live closer. At the same time, it is in competition for nourishment, for materials…
    to your health, tracy
    Founder: Healthicine.

  19. why make a video that explains how people look for material that is of value to them and then try selling things that people don't need or probably don't want to begin with? don't You think this is a little contradicting?

  20. Christmas is Gods way of determining who goes to Hell. Basically anyone participating in the commercial aspect. Already proven to lead to eternity in hell. The whole video goes to shit at 3:10

  21. Either with good intentions (maybe), there are terrible distorsiona in this video. First big mistake is in the materialism concept being confused with greed. And then focusing the rest on a twisted conflict with spiritualism, which is also a concept that you got confused with some of its by-products, like religion. Perhaps we all need to start figuring out which concepts are fundamental principles (fixed / binary / dominating its own realm) vs the many others that can be seen as values (the variables that we can balance to meet principles).

  22. You'll enjoy your life more if you stop buying things that you do not need. Jewelry, clothes, cars, oversized homes. It's actually uplifting to realize that these things are not important to you. No object represents who you are. If you let these items influence your opinion of your worth you have taken the bait.

  23. Yes there is materialism in the catholic church but it has nothing to do with Christianity. Its weird that you think that Catholics speak for all Christians.

  24. Why do you use such a hard and complex languages? You have non-native speaker audience, too. When I watch your videos I am like "yes it's time to study some English vocabulary…"LOL.

  25. There is the important and the most important… "Then it is clear that the honor and exaltation of man must be something more than material riches. Material comforts are only a branch, but the root of the exaltation of man is the good attributes and virtues which are the adornments of his reality." ~ Abdul-Baha

  26. I think a vast majority of people over consume, for better or worst, mostly worst though and it is destroying our precious environment and ecosystems! And I've personally seen and experienced organized religions who for all their positive qualities are very hypocritical depending on the denominations and are hypocritical when it comes to money and their wealth. I've been both Christian and Reform Jewish and saw with my own eyes just how much incredible wealth the Roman Catholic religion has in the Vatican City where I saw vast amounts of gold, silver, rubies, emeralds, diamonds in their robes, chalices and staves in their museum on their private grounds which I had access to as an art student almost 50 years ago, never forgot that plus the worth of all their properties, priceless art and sculpture worldwide! Plus, all the money collected in collection plates every Sunday at churches around the world. Don't think Yeshua, aka Jesus of Nazareth, the Prince of Peace would have been so thrilled about all their vast wealth, the money-changers and all the wars fought in the name of Christianity over the thousands of years and the Christian Crusades as well! As well as all wars fought in the name of world religions and all the ensuing deaths! And in the Jewish religion they not only charge for High Holy Days like you're attending theater on Broadway, they also charge for building funds for new temples and Sunday School as well. When kids have Bar Mitvahs/Bas Mitvahs, many of them show up in Rolls Royces and Mercedes and many of the temples which were suppose to be free of money-changers are equally loaded as well…all their vast properties around the world are worth a lot of money, ditto for Muslim mosques that are also filled with priceless art/sculpture etc. I think the only organized religion that is earth based that isn't dripping in money are the original pagan religions like Wicca which is a matriarchal based religion.

  27. The deadly sin of greed is people that go out of their way to become rich in life . Thats greed cause they don't need that much money to live a normal life . They build themselves up so big , but they fail to remember that they can die at any moment and leave it all behind . Why work so hard on something that you are going to leave behind on day , and rather work on something that you will take with you one day into the next life .

  28. I say keep it simple and be honest with yourself, no material item alone will ever satisfy you fist. Find peace within as number one always above all else than you can truly make us and enjoy material things and relationships to the fullest.

  29. but what if you see materialism from a Buddhism perspectives? It might be interesting because I believe that budda's idea is that if people abandon extra desire, they will be happier and have more time / resources to help the rest of the people.

  30. The funny thing is this guy trying to sell me by end the video. Dont buy any shit from this channel.

  31. i found the comments under your videos are very wise and people are kind and engaged in good discussion. I don’t see any pure hatred words yet.

  32. I am sure that person can convince you to commit suicide ,AFTER WATCHING THIS VIDEO YOU ARE GOING TO DO IT LOL

  33. This film is shallow ; in that the discussion of materialism only focuses upon spiritual and mental health. But what about how rampant materialism is destroying our homeworld planet earth ? I have previously liked your films up until this vidro. It seems like a watered down version. Trying as it might to not go too far to get people to listen. Could be my attitude and approach to the destruction of earth prevents me room being open to any other dialogue that seeks to prevent a future that clearly is quickly approaching a mega cull apocalypse.

  34. I'm not materialistic because all o need in life is Good vibes, hope and happiness of what's around me. I don't care about a stupid toothbrush that will be thrown away in a year

  35. My car, sunglasses, money, vote, computer, voice, clothing, and killer sentry turrets are all extensions of myself. This is How I see materialism.

  36. I never understand people who are too obsessed with money or material things. The only thing that I wouldnt like is to work as an employee again doing things that are against my heart. Money is not the number one thing that i want in life, its just a tool so that later on, you can have some freedom for yourself.

  37. Ok this is what I see is happening in this comment section with some comments:

    1. Ignoring the hierarchy of needs
    2. Ignoring personal meaning
    3. Misconception of wealth and wealthy people
    4. Lack of understanding of socio-economics and the the economy in general
    5. Misunderstanding of status and value and how they come about

  38. When you are a child, you do not know what is best for you because of humans naive nature. The responsibility of parents is to properly raise a child and bring them up correctly.

    God is a standard and Jesus is the way. Why do we know this? It is because of how God has shaped the hearts and minds of those that embrace Jesus. There is a total transformation that takes place within a person. The spirit of God resides in your heart, changing how you view the world, others, and yourself with respect to it's value.

    People will always shun God in search for something else. At the end of the day the emptiness remains with out Him. How many people thirst for the next adventure, the next material possesesion, the next day off, the next drink at the bar? Notice and observe your actions and recognize that you are in pursuit of something greater that cannot be obtained in the world. Always better, faster, stronger, more money, more clothes, more special clubs and hobbies. All these things fill your day and momentarily bring you entertainment. But do you need these distractions to remain content? No. You don't need them and the sooner you realize that you are not defined by these things that your true purpose comes into full view.

    You were created and your wonderful creator has a plan for you should you be brave enough to go against the grain of this world to find it. The kingdom.of heaven is like a treasure hidden in a field, a person finds it and spends everything they have to buy that field. So is the value that is discovered when seeking Christ. There is no comparison and it is a fulfillment that was meant for you.

    Now Satan does not want this so he.cloud you with daily distractions and stimulus to keep you from having that pure and genuine relationship, including fine sounding arguments that question your faith or even the very existence.of God.

    The truth can be twisted and stretched into many forms but seek Christ as Lord and everything will be given to you. Eternall life matters, it is the hope of God that all come. Many will not and many will. What you do in your life has such an eternal impact that it should mean something to you. Ask your questions about Jesus Christ and I will do my best to answer them for the glory of God should be shared with the world.

  39. Women are materialistic after all a man loves a woman for what she is but women only love men for what they can do for her!

  40. ALL AMERICAN FEMALE'S ARE ALL TO DAMN MATERIALISTIC,ALL THEY GIVE A FUCK ABOUT IS MONEY,HOUSES,SEX,MUSCLES,FANCY CARS, AND LOOKS…….THEY CAN KISS MY FUCKING ASS IN THE USA😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😝😝😝😝😝😝😝😝😝😝FUCK U ALL IN THE USAπŸ‘†πŸ‘†πŸ‘†πŸ‘†πŸ‘†πŸ‘†πŸ‘†πŸ‘†πŸ‘†πŸ‘†πŸ‘†πŸ–•πŸ–•πŸ–•πŸ–•πŸ–•πŸ–•πŸ–•πŸ–•πŸ–•πŸ–•πŸ–•πŸ–•πŸ–•πŸ–•πŸ–•πŸ–•πŸ–•πŸ–•πŸ–•πŸ–•πŸ–•πŸ–•πŸ–•πŸ–•πŸ–•πŸ–•πŸ–•πŸ‘ŽπŸ‘ŽπŸ‘ŽπŸ‘ŽπŸ‘ŽπŸ‘ŽπŸ‘ŽπŸ‘ŽπŸ‘ŽπŸ‘ŽπŸ‘ŽπŸ‘ŽπŸ‘ŽπŸ‘ŽπŸ‘Ž

  41. Women will never marry poor man
    Women will never marry uneducated man.

    for women just be a lesbian and get a cat. dont worry. in the future , it will be no more "good man" for you anymore. good luck…..

    we man just dodge a Nuclear Weapon.

  42. "We have to ensure that the objects we invest in and tire ourselves and our planet with, are those which lend more encouragement to our higher better nature"

    Wow, that's so true
    15 minutes later:
    * buys 50$ anime figure on Amazon *

  43. The people who don’t like this video are just upset that this applies to them, and don’t want to change.

  44. Those who are disposessed and alienated from the means of production will seek to gain property by other means (materialism, mass consumption)

  45. Good points… Materialism is "… rampant and cancerous … undermining the fabric of human society alike in the East and in the West, eating into the vitals of the conflicting peoples and races inhabiting the American, the European and the Asiatic continents." – Shoghi Effendi, Baha'i Faith

  46. I like nice things too. But it doesn't make sense when a female saids to themself "ok I'm going to go to work, get a paycheck so that I can get my hair and nails done, buy new clothes, get my kids this, decorate my apartment like this, get the car I want, go on vacation" and blah blah. Then what? They start over once they get all that?

  47. There is no way to happiness. money keeps you fed and clean. And from sleeping on a park bench but these "women" aren't happy. I don't think I've ever met a woman that's truly happy who are materialistic.

  48. πŸ’–love is all this earth need πŸ’–
    πŸ¦‹Freedom from everyone and everything πŸ¦‹
    Peace ,love,calmness,happiness is all we need even by eating only fruits πŸ‡ πŸŽπŸ‰πŸ‰πŸŒπŸ‘πŸ₯πŸ’πŸ…πŸ₯πŸ₯πŸ₯’πŸ₯’πŸ₯”πŸ₯¬πŸŒΆπŸ₯­πŸ‡πŸ‰πŸ‡πŸ₯­πŸ†πŸŒΆπŸŒΆπŸ₯­πŸ₯­πŸ…πŸ†πŸ†πŸ†
    No matter what we have or how much money we make
    The matter is life is short and we separate ourself from others and we become lonely and sad

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