Have you ever had something stolen from you? It’s got to be one of the worst feelings in the world! Not only do you feel violated but the loss often comes with financial repercussions as well. Ask most people and they will tell you that fortunately, being stolen from isn’t a regular occurrence but little do they know that they are in fact being stolen from all the time. Who is the culprit for their theft? Society and here are five shocking ways it steals your money!
Number 1: Society Pedestalizes Possessions
What do big houses, fast cars and fancy watches all have in common? You guessed it, they are basically all you see these days on social media. I don’t think it’s a surprise to anyone that the world we live in today is extremely materialistic. For instance, we don’t judge others by the number of volunteer hours they racked up last year or the number of meals they donated to their local homeless shelter. Instead, we judge others by the cars they drive and the material possessions that we trade the majority of our working lives to obtain.
The truth is that with the rise in these material goods being the symbols of status in our society, we are slowly being stolen from in multiple ways. First, we are being robbed of our money. I hate to say it but it sucks seeing other people enjoying life’s luxuries when we can’t do the same. Even if you are adamantly opposed to the material world we live in today, you can’t deny that having a fancy car or being able to travel the world on a whim wouldn’t at least make you a bit happier in the short-term.
Fortunately, for many years, we lived in a society where we were practically blind to the wealth around us. The most we would see are shows on MTV showing off expensive homes or lavish lifestyles but now with the rise of social media, we have to face our financial inadequacies on a daily basis and for most people this is a one-way ticket to a consumption based lifestyle.
Now, given that we all feel some level of attraction to having the finer things in life, what must we give up to acquire these material goods? You guessed it, our precious time. I know so many people who work second jobs, neglect their families and let their health go in the toilet just to make a bit more money to buy…