The Curse of Consumerism and Wanting More

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“It’s not the man who has too little, but the man who craves more, that is poor.” -Seneca

“One of the advantages of being born in an affluent society is that if one has any intelligence at all, one will realize that having more and more won’t solve the problem, and happiness does not lie in possessions, or even relationships: The answer lies within ourselves. If we can’t find peace and happiness there, it’s not going to come from the outside.” -Tenzin Palmo

Watch this awesome, short video before reading the rest of this post:

There’s a false narrative in much of the western world that having more will make you happier.

This is most obvious with people who view buying things as the primary way to improve their lives.

When you look at the studies that show that making more than $75k per year won’t increase your overall happiness, it becomes apparent that people should be investing in themselves, not in things.

Yet, despite these facts, Americans and many other countries sell the false dream that being rich is the pathway to happiness.

We’re fed ads, music, TV, and all types of other information by people who are making money by perpetuating this myth. It’s a crazy cycle of propaganda that ultimately leads to people living their lives in ways that conflict with their goal of being happy.

I view money as a tool to give you the freedom to spend time in ways that will make you happy.

And nowhere is this more apparent than in this video:

Accept that happiness comes from within and that you have direct control over your happiness!  And then use that newfound ownership to empower yourself to reshape your relationship with things.

I've been building digital businesses, wandering the world, and writing about optimizing life for freedom since early 2017. My mission is to lower the barrier for people who want to live with more freedom: whether that be as an entrepreneur, a digital nomad, an early retiree, or just as someone who wants to live a happiness-driven life.