Our world is governed by corporations and business that have money as their one and true God.
We are born in a society where we learn from a young age that success in life means obtaining money and a high status position in society. These ideas are embedded in our mind by our relatives, our immediate environment or the media. In order to understand the world with different standards we will need to go back to the root of these ideas and cut it.
Firstly we must think whether money and material goods can make us truly happy. We must go back to the last time we were ecstatic with joy and see the real reason behind that feeling. We will notice that it has nothing to do with money or fame. Possibly love, affection or Mother Nature itself may have given us the desired sentiments. If you want to discover how to break free from materialism, don’t hesitate to read the following article.
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From the moment we are born, we are indoctrinated by our parents, our school system, the media to think that success is defined by material gain. Happiness, contentment, and relationships are secondary to income. Because our culture values material success the most, we currently live in a world that is enslaved to the dollar.
Slavery is when your work is no longer an opportunity for economic advancement but is instead an act of mere self-preservation.
Most people are owned by their material pursuits, and spend their entire lives trying to pay off debt they earned from purchases and bills that have piled up over the years. If you are reading this, there is a good chance you work a 9-5 job and are sick of it. Maybe your are psychologically trapped in a world of numbers and material concerns and want to break free from mental slavery.
Whatever your specific situation is, the truth is that the vast majority of people who read this are fed up with debt, long work hours, and being programmed by advertisements to buy things they don’t need. The good news is, just because you live in a consumerist society doesn’t mean you have to live as a consumerist.
Here are 3 ways you can break free from materialism and reclaim your soul:
1) Leave the rat race
Who wrote the rule that said we have to work 9-5 Monday through Friday? Who wrote the rule that we have to graduate school and hop right into a full time job? Who wrote the rule that said we have spend 40 years of our life working fulltime and can only retire when we are 60 or 70?
You don’t have to do what society thinks you should do, and you don’t have to do what your parents think you should do. If you are sick of the rat race, then leave it. Nobody is putting a gun to your head forcing you to work 40 hours a week at a job you don’t like. But the bills need to be paid, right? That brings us to the next point…