Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Is "Material" ImMaterial

How often have we heard ourselves saying - "I want xyz desperately" or "Thats cool, I wanna have one". Either it be a cool red Merc convertible or a "wallpaper material" house or something like that. Which finally boils down to only one thing - yeah! thats Money!!

When we were kids we used to feel out of the world with a ten rupee note in our pocket with which we somehow could buy the world. Then we grew older and our material needs increased. We wanted video games/cool gadgets/a geared bicycle and what not. As kids having material needs is something understandable. But what about now.

We are 'supposedly' grown up now. With fat paychecks (fat?) we can really buy a lot of things. But alas! we are not even happier than we used to be when we were kids with ten rupee notes. Our bank balance is much higher than what we could imagine few years back. Our credit limit doesnt really have any real limits. But still we need more.

When I bought my first bike I felt great. But sooner or later the craze will go away (fortunately hasnt gone until now). And then I will look for greener pastures, read sportsbikes, cars (jets eh!!). Now with all the easy installment schemes its really not a big deal buying a decent car. But what then? Does the world end there. Wont I always feel like having a new new car that will come in market. Even after buying that wont I have the same feeling again. Does this end anywhere?

People like Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, Paul Allen, Richard Branson have so much money that they can buy half of the poorer world with it. These people have more or less (thats some 'more or less') fulfilled all their material desires and its only then that they feel that Material is really ImMaterial. But does one really need to reach there to realize that its all unnecessary? because if thats so then isnt it a big waste of effort ? Cant we learn from other's experiences.

Well thats quiet a question. Unless I have it I wont realize how important or unimportant it is. But yes! sitting in a air-conditioned santro or a brand new Merc is really a different experience. Isnt it? But is it so big a difference that I should waste so much hardearned money in buying a Merc when Santro is comfortable enough?

9 comments:

Manoj said...

I can see that staying at home with your parents have started effecting your thoughts.

Welcome to the Real World!!!

Rakesh said...

you work too hard to get it.. and then you understand probably its not really The Thing...

the biggest irony ...

sandeep said...

@majj:nothing like that..i have not changed a tad bit..but yes circumstances have ;))

@rakesh: hmmm..yups!!

Sreejith said...

Life is lot like a train journey. U may travel in the general compartment or 2nd class of first class AC. The experience may be different for everyone but the destination is the same and more importantly the view outside is the same for everyone too. We are all in this train of life.

Nirnimesh said...

Dude, too much introspection.

Get a GF!!

Rakesh said...

@sreejith: Dood, you can become a great preacher ... some one like this so called baba's of today .. what are you doing in IT industry ?

Sreejith said...

hihi.. saalon, do u even realize how much a preacher earns?? tere CTC se 10 guna hoga. woh toh mera dream job hain! All u have to do is talk crap, perfect! :D

Anonymous said...

Yup! till we reach there we can't understant. But limits are limitless so once you are there you may change them unless u r restrained by ur agelimit.

-Element Shoonya

Anonymous said...

Good question: Is it worth the effort going for something that is only going to last for a short while? But forgoing the effort may be called enlightened wisdom or plain laziness (maybe there are differences here).
A return question: what would you rather spend the hard-earned money on? Could it be people, relationships etc.?
Btw, there was this foreign movie called 'Samsara' in Skyline/Sterling while you were still here. From the reviews, I heard it sort of addressed these concerns.

-Kaustubh.