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Hedonism and filling our bellies

Updated on February 26, 2017

Life is a treasure. When you get up every morning and indulge in every day living it must surely be one of the greatest pleasures man was put on earth to do. The issue is philosopical and religious but it is also practical and empirical.

Life is a valued treasure. There is nothing like it. We think, smell, walk, eat, work and go to sleep so we can get up the next morning and carry on with life, as we did yesturday and the day before and the day before. It's a repetitive cycle.

I for one appreciate the 'good life' the ability to live comfortably which I thank God for. I like the 'materialism' like having a car, ability to buy a car, and the indulgance in good food. I like televsion, satellites, going to the movies and read books and probably much more.

But I am not overtly ostentatious. Thank God again I don't live for materialism, for the brands, the high and fast life were the 'b' and end all is to live for a 'hedonist' culture of buy, buy, buy, brands, brands, brands as unfortunately much of my fellow men not only in one part of the world do but in the many,

Today we seemed to be gripped by a consumerist culture of averice. Many of us live for that, and I do believe we are egged on by the multinational companies and manufacturers that make them. Today, and eversince say the mid-20th century, we have been blessed by plentiful diversity, but unfortunately we take for granted and squander.

The economic wheel of industry has given us more than we can dream with most of us becoming selfish in our wants and desires, becoming a road hog of materialism, not caring how others live or why poverty persists and probably a good number of countries are living in a state of starvation and malnutrition.

Surely it must be the ultimate irony of mankind that we fill our bellies, nay stuff our stomaches while others die because of an absolute state of nothingness. As part of our treasures, we must appreciate for what we have and think of the others, think about what they don't have. This should also be one of our treasures as well.


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      Marwan Asmar 4 years ago from Amman, Jordan

      Thanks Mr Happy....yes agree, its a vicious circle

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      Mr. Happy 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      We live in a capitalist market economy type of world. After globalization took its effect (world-wide), we all became consumers and for our societies to keep working on this pattern, we must keep consuming ... If we stop consuming here in the west, China's factories will stop and if China's factories stop then, they stop making money and stop paying America's debt. If they stop paying America's debt, the U.S. economy would crash and if that crashes China's economy crashes too ...

      This is a very simplistic response but the main thing I am trying to portray here is that the global capitalistic economic plan is a suicidal vicious circle. We should wake-up out of it soon ...

      Thank You for the article.

      All the best!

      P.S. Will share.

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      jacqui2011 6 years ago from Norfolk, UK

      I couldn't agree with you more. There are so many people in the world that are poverty-stricken and wondering when or if they will see another meal. As a society we take for granted what we have and should be grateful for what we have. Life is a blessing and everyone is entitled to the basics of food, water and shelter. If everyone helped our fellow man rather on striving for "bigger" and "better", the world would be a better place.

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      Marwan Asmar 6 years ago from Amman, Jordan

      Thanks, great and reflective comment in life that should be pondered upon for man should help man rather than succumb to an economic chain of exploitation where many are seen as pure commodities.

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      Timothy Donnelly 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I agree, life is a treasure all around; those who place little or no empirical value on it have issues. One of life’s included treasures (or one that for all intents and purposes should be) is to be in the position to actually pay alms to those less fortunate than we each respectively are. In the Biblical account of Mark 12: 41-44, Jesus astutely teaches that the poor widow, even with her comparatively meager tithe, gave more of herself than even the rich. This widow is (too) a goodwill example to us all, even if we cannot quite meet her exact benevolence. Generosity and outreach (charity) then, to our fellow man, is a greater treasure for our lives than ever will be satiating our acquisitiveness, or buying into the notion that “we” are thankful for our divinely gifted providence. Alas, often these positive “actions” get sullied by pride, opportunistic greed and exploitation. That is why people with great power and authority are conferred with great responsibility, and each one (surely must be) held to accountability for that responsibility. Of course, to teach one to fish is better than to give one a fish. Technology however, is a guarded (and treasured) “resource”, and it indubitably requires careful management and security.

      The great wheel of manufacturing, consumerism, multinational companies, dividends, etc. will always be necessary for “civilization” to “advance”, in my opinion, but what needs to be acknowledged (and corrected) is that the big-shots have to cough up their share of the tax burden the middle-class shoulders for their countries, AND each respected “government” must also be accountable WHILE they do the business of SERVICE their honourable offices provide their peoples. Is it a “pipe-dream” that the ones in power, wealth, and influence will treasure our lives, our prosperity, along with others as well? Perhaps history speaks for itself. As time marches on, even in our drudgery and toil, let us move forward, remember the poor widow, and more deeply consider our treasures of worth. Let us all vote to “share the road”, and not hog it. Peace and good tidings.

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      Marwan Asmar 6 years ago from Amman, Jordan

      I suppose animals do appreciate them especially in our neck of the woods where they have ti hunt for their food just to stay alive.

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      FloraBreenRobison 6 years ago

      This is a wonderful philosophy-one I think the animal kingdom understands better than human beings.

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      Marwan Asmar 6 years ago from Amman, Jordan

      I wish people would as you say contemplate their good fortune rather than say I want more! It never stops does it. I think partly, we are geared to want more and to never appreciate what we have because of a system that keeps producing more. Thanks for you compliment. Much appreciated.

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      Marilyn Alexander 6 years ago from Vancouver, Canada and San Jose del Cabo, Mexico

      Thank you again, marwan, for another excellent hub. I do wish more people would slow down for a minute and contemplate their good fortune and not take it for granted. We consume and we waste far too much. I am sure it will be our ruin because it is so unbalanced. You are an excellent writer, sir. Thank you.

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      Marwan Asmar 6 years ago from Amman, Jordan

      Thank you for your commentary. Its a complex situation with many factors going on at the same time, what to do and where to start. Is it the problem of center countries, or is it the fault of the peripheries and if so how do we start to improve ourselves, and were do we begin?

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      DREAM ON 6 years ago

      It is a double edge sword we live.On one side we have all the things everyone could ever want.Then on the other side we have people wanting the basic neccessities of life and struggling to survive.Do we go to help the poor or work in this great nation and use its resources to accomplish much more for the greater good.I think we can create a better world using our god given talents.The saddest thing I have seen in my life are people with great skills and abilities and never use them because of laziness and shelfishness and lack of compassion for the fellow man.You brought many interesting points.Thank you and have a good day.

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      Marwan Asmar 6 years ago from Amman, Jordan

      Cheers Nizar, so you've joined hubpages. Welcome aboard. I see that you've joined 5 months ago, which you didn't tell about. Make the most of it by contributing more, its great fun. By the way Saleem has also joined and he is posting articles, so yalla

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      Nizar_1WN 6 years ago

      I totally agree with you Dr. Marwan. Actually, the economic wheel has run over our hearts and smashed our minds. We do not think at all but we obey…. We will keep consume, consume, and consume till we consume our lives:)

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      Marwan Asmar 6 years ago from Amman, Jordan

      Thanks Vinaya

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      Vinaya Ghimire 6 years ago from Nepal

      A nice reflection on the way life is and the way it ought to be.