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How Much Is Enough - A Story about Always Wanting More
From the time we learn how to crawl as babies, we also learn to start wanting more. Even before we learn how to crawl, we sit in our baby strollers and our instincts tell us that there is more to life than being taken around in a big, plastic baby handler. We are not aware of this at that particular moment, but our minds tell us that we should get out of these strollers and start doing something else, something new, something more. So, we start crawling.
Crawling, Walking, Talking, and Wanting More – So Many Verbs in One Place
After crawling for some time, our hard-to-keep-satisfied minds tell us that we should try to get more out of this freedom by standing up and trying to walk. So, we slowly start to get up on our own two feet. Yes, we fall and hurt ourselves in the meantime, but we finally start walking by ourselves. The next thing is talking, as our minds want to acquire a medium that can be used as a tool for telling other people to give and do more. So, we start talking and asking for more. More food, more toys, more attention, more love, more affection.
The Obsession with Money
Eventually, as we grow up and reach our teens, money becomes an important part of our lives. Naturally, as you might have already guessed, we do not only want money. No, what we want is more money. No matter how much money we get from our parents and grandparents, we always seem to want more. As we go through life, we yet again learn that everything we have or want to have is and will never be enough, as we will always want more of it. Again, we ask for a raise at work, we look for a better job, a better apartment, a partner that is better-looking than we are, a better car than the one we have, and so on.
Before we know it, our lives come to an end. And in the end, what do we have? We always wanted more and more, and we ended up with no more – no more love, no more money, no more cars, no more attention and affection, and, most importantly, no more life.
What Should We Do?
So, what do you think is the best thing to do? Should we appreciate and be happy with what we have, or should we always strive for more? When we look at it from a different perspective, if we, as people, had always been satisfied with what we had, we would have never gotten to where we are today. We would probably still be living in caves, eating raw meat, and grunting instead of talking in so many wonderful and unique languages. When you think about it this way, not being satisfied and always wanting more and better is the basic idea of progress, and we certainly need progress, right? It seems that there isn't a straightforward answer to this tricky question.
The answer to this question seems to be closely related to wanting more, but being moderate in our wishes. We should strive for more, but not always. If you, for instance, have enough money to lead a normal life and support your family, why would you want more of it? On the other hand, if you have more than you need, why wouldn't you want to help someone who doesn't have enough? If we all were willing to follow this simple principle, the world we live in today would be a much better place. So, the next time you catch yourself wanting more and more, ask yourself do you really need more, or are you just being spoiled and greedy?