One thing I've learned over the course of my life, regardless of how much a person has it's never enough. When you're poor you always want more and when you're rich you still want more.
Here in the states I am surrounded by people with a great abundance of things. A new car every two years, a new cell phone every six months. Their own house, sometimes two or three. A couple big screen televisions and a brand new computer. I am surrounded by people with a great abundance of things, nonetheless I am living in a country where anti-depressants are among the top selling drugs.
They've worked their lives away in the pursuit of more and as much as they've gained they still cannot find happiness. They're always working towards something, always believing that just one more thing and they'll be set. That thing comes and goes only to be replaced by another.
It's a race to get that next fix before they crash from the last. With each fix their tolerance level goes up, they need more and more just to get the same rush, more and more just to keep themselves from dropping deeper.
What I've learned is that materialism is a trap, the deadliest of drugs. They work and work, harder and harder for that next shoot up all the while they've thrown away the only thing that could make them happy, each other.
There's no one around, they've all been sold to the highest bidder.
P.S. In my early twenties a friend of mine became a repo-man. He told me that, believe it or not, he spent a lot of his time reposessing cars from the wealthy side of town. He said he would go up to the door of mansions and see gas shut off notices and eviction notices. The wealthy have the same worries that the poor have. Money does not bring happiness nor does it bring security.
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