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Illusions Fulfilled Through Material Goods

Updated on October 21, 2015

Even in this modern age of the 21st century, so many of us want to create an illusion that we are doing better than we actually are. We want to keep up with the Jones, and have the latest car, gadget, or device. We want everyone to think that we are the HOOT...that we are the best thing out there and that we thoroughly have our stuff together, sometimes even when we don't....

I have a friend who recently bought a vintage truck...Now I love trucks as much as the next guy...My grandfather owned a pickup when he was living and when I was a young kid I thoroughly enjoyed riding on the back of as he went on various trips, including at least a couple of times that I went with him, to the auctions. I can tell you my cousins and my younger brother also enjoyed this as well.....

But, this same friend, also recently bought a brand new car...and yes, I do understand that the old one is probably on it's last legs.....But, do you really need three cars when you can barely afford one....Sometimes, I think we get too caught up in wanting to impress people, and some of these people aren't even really paying attention to us in the first place. And this attitude prevails not just when we are teens, but even among some of our older friends who are in their 80's and 90's...

Does it really do us any good. Can you explain to me, why some folks feel they need three houses, sometimes even in the same city, or why some folks need more than one car, maybe even three or four, even though they are the only driving adult in the house... I am truly trying to understand this.

Do we want our neighbors to think that we are doing better than we actually are, and yes sometimes that works? But, to what gain....Help a brother understand this concept...


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    • bluesradio profile imageAUTHOR

      Marc Lee 

      3 years ago from Durham, NC

      Yes, I think anytime you are amassing things to impress and not for real reasons, it is become unhealthy...Like the ministers who own five cars and a jet, or has seven houses, or the politician who owns more real estate than he can honestly manage..

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      3 years ago from Maryland

      That's defiantly a fine line. How in our society we define ourselves and worth based on how many material things we can posses. Its all about balance then I guess. About finding peace in your materialistic wants and still not letting yourself be defined by it or overly attached to it. A guess a good question would be when does it become unhealthy?


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