Excerpts from various media... reports
A son who doesn't do a job and give money to his mother after one month is not a son. A son who earns and gives it to his mother is actually a son.
A husband who works 18 hours a day but can't give a handsome amount of money to his wife is not her husband despite of the fact that he works for 18 hours and tries his best. A husband who takes bribes and gives handsome money to his wife is a good husband.
A society built upon the ideology of Greed. And where people don't appreciate one's effort but the product which the other person is providing, no matter it is from legal ways or illegal ways, is a society I call a failed society full of Pimps.(taken off http://www.defence.pk*
*The impact of materialism in society is a complex subject. Materialism can be defined as a dominating sense of desire to pursue wealth and other tangible things that can provide physical comforts that ignores the importance of spiritual values. The characteristics of such materialistic people are greed for money, tendency to become rich quickly even if it involves a lot of risk. It also involves the desire to live in plush houses, wearing highly expensive clothes and jewelry and driving flashy cars. In short, the urge to lead an extravagant life.Personal satisfaction and greed are the most important aspects of life of the society driven by materialism. Many people echo the sentiment that the real cause of the economic problems that has hit the world is the greed caused by materialism. The real problem may not be so simple but it could be one of the reasons. Here the greed is not only confined to acquisition of money but also power. Where there is power, corruption is bound to happen.
Materialism promotes many other negative feelings as well like lust, selfishness, jealousy, sense of hopelessness, etc. People are forgetting their moral values and often fail to understand the distinction between right choices and the wrong ones. The only thing that matters is good quality life and false comforts. They think that everything around them is dictated by need of humans and is being provided by the environment. All their beliefs are based on scientific inference only. The worst of all they have lost faith in God as they refuse to believe in anything that we cannot see or hear or touch. As a result, they remain unrepentant after committing sin. Thus materialism has adversely affected the entire framework of our society.*
*(part of the lyrics to "Material Girl" by Madonna. )
Some boys kiss me, some boys hug me I think they're O.K.
If they don't give me proper credit I just walk away
They can beg and they can plead But they can't see the light, that's right
'Cause the boy with the cold hard cash Is always Mister Right,
'cause we are living in a material world and I am a material girl
You know that we are living in a material world and I am a material girl .....*
“Money can’t buy happiness.” True, money can’t buy happiness, but spent wisely, it can contribute mightily to a happy life. Some people are too materialistic – meaning that some people place too much value on owning things and showing them off to others in order to make an impression. Some, even go to the extent of competing with their rivals, friends or neighbours. (example: Neighbour 'A ' bought a new car because he or she had a bonus. Neighbour 'B' sees it, and hurries off to get one of equal or more value because he or she is 'kiasu'.
(Note: Kiasu (kee-ah-soo) = Kiasu describes being (or a person who is) greedy, unwilling to share, or competitive in order to advance one's self. Examples of Kiasu include driving aggressively to get to the front of a traffic line or registering young children early at top schools, prior even to knowing the child's aptitude. Kiasu describes the idea that one must outdo and outshine all others, have more of any given thing, pay the least amount for items (thereby getting the best deal) and always be the first or best. )
However, if you are the guy who always buys the latest tech gadget – not from a desire to show that he can afford the most expensive new device, but to feed his fascination with technology, and perhaps also to maintain his reputation as an expert in technology and the person to whom everyone can go for advice, or if you are part of the couple who constantly renovate their house by adding a deck, adding a garden, putting in a new kitchen – not to show off to the neighbors, but as a way to get some satisfaction in their lives, it is ok, as after working hard for it, you do deserve some form of satisfaction and self reward.Besides, another point to ponder is that having all the branded stuff and expensive items does not make you rich!! Maybe you can pretend to be rich for a few days, but the truly rich people often scrimp and save as much money as they can. I know a few very rich people who just move around in their daily lives in plain clothing, some even wear torn clothing, driving normal everyday cars, like a Toyota or a Proton Saga, even motorcycles and eating at roadside hawker stalls. One of them is in the top 50 richest men list in Malaysia, but when you meet him, you almost can't believe it. They probably have a very nice home or bungalows, but they wear normal brand clothes you can buy below RM100, and they drive normal cars, and behave normally.
(A very good example is Ingvar Kamprad, the founder of Ikea ...