We are eating up the earth, setting up factories, building malls and offices, concreting whatever little piece of land we get. Coal took millions of years to be formed, and now we don’t have much of it left. Do we think of that when we leave the lights on unnecessarily?
We are living to eat, without anything else more meaningful in our lives. Many people eat out of boredom or to satisfy other unmet desires. Instead of finding a more productive use of our time, we are consuming too many calories to “drown our sorrows.
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In this fast-moving world, we spend more than we earn. Our parents have spent all their money and hard-work into educating up, feeding us, leaving no stone unturned to keep us happy. We have become dependent on their money, are we outgrowing of this dependency when we step out of college?
We spend, spend, waste and waste, without bothering to give back, let alone give back more.
The world has become so materialistic that we are trained to be obedient consumers, early since our childhoods. There are so many marketing strategies to keep us buying. Even if you don’t need it, you buy it, because you have this sense of instant gratification. You feel you deserve it since you’ve worked so hard. Our attitudes have become more casual, and our visions, short-sighted. Money may be just some electronic figure in the bank, or green paper, to buy piece of plastic we adore. But this habit of spending and not saving is indiscipline.
The point is not about spending less, the point is to produce more.
When you consume more, there is an increasing debt on your side. Debt is slavery.
Time, money, resources are precious possessions, are wasting it away is destroying your freedom to live a productivity, your happiness in the long run, since you have loan to repay, and your potential to realize your actual strengths is jailed.
Learning to save at an early age is the first step to producing more later on. I’m not only walking about savings in terms of money. Turning off the tap when you aren’t using it is also saving. When you learn to respect things that you’ve already been blessed with is when you learn to appreciate the ones you’ve worked for. Don’t spend all of your money. Don’t be impulsive about buying, think and plan before making big purchases. Educate yourself. Work on perfecting your skills, and prepare how you can use them to benefit yourself and others. Invest in building a better business, and invest your time in creation of new ventures. Find out what truly makes you happy but does not cost a lot of money. Do not chase money and material goods. Look at the world differently, ‘what I do to make people pay me?’ and not the other way around. Be more of a producer and less of a consumer.
“The source of lasting happiness can never come from outside yourself through consuming values – but only from within yourself by creating value. Producing more than you consume is the only justification for existence.”