I feel sad about consumerism being on the rise. If we donated even a little bit of the money we spend for buying unnecessary stuff, so many people would benefit and have a better life.
I won't deny it, I have had such times in my life when I spent without thinking and bought useless things. But as I became more interested in religion, I realized that I don't need to be living this way. I think that peace and happiness don't come from stuff, it comes from having a purpose and it comes from loved ones.
Has anyone heard about the Kerala model? Kerala in India is one of the poorest places and the residents have really low income. But researchers have found out that the standard of living in Kerala is the same as developed countries.
I think what the Kerala example is telling us is that money and stuff doesn't guarantee a good quality life. You can have very little stuff and still be living very nicely.