We have built an entire civilisation on materialism. Wouldn’t it be hilarious if it ended up destroying us?


It is all very well telling people that material objects won’t make them happy. But it is hard not to be seduced by this illusion. The message is everywhere: “Feeling low? Buy such-and-such and make yourself feel better.” It seems that people haven’t got the time or the inclination to look beyond the quick fix.

Materialism is, essentially, the need to possess that which you think you don’t have. The classic example, if you’re a man of a certain age, is engaging in a wild goose chase after those of the younger female persuasion. Well, how else will you reclaim your youth and innocence? Not to mention, assert your power and strength?

And the moment the chase ends, another chase begins

Constantly chasing after things: that is capitalism in effect.

The tragedy being that you only truly value things when you don’t have them.

© Phillip A. Klein March 2008

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