Even when people face the threat of losing their home, their job, or even their pay check, many of them are still obsessed with getting anything and everything that money can buy, courtesy of a credit card.
Such people are easy targets for advertisers, whose seductive marketing campaigns tell us that we must have a bigger home, a better car, and brand-name clothes. No cash? No worries just put it on the plastic at least we have interest free days before we worry about the consequence.
Nowadays, ordinary people hire fake paparazzi to follow them around to make them look famous. High school students physically attack classmates, posting YouTube videos of the beatings to get attention, completely unaware of the devastating effects their actions have on the lives of others. Sadly leading to some of these victims ending their lives.
Buying flashy consumer goods on credit in order to look and feel like a winner is likened to “The Narcissism Epidemic”. Where initially you feel great about your ego in the short term and feeling penniless and depressed in the long run. Now below is a list of five things money cannot buy.
1. Good Friends – Money is ranked up there with oxygen. But it cannot buy you good friends. Though many people are attracted to others with lots of money, it is not a genuine friendship. You may have all the money in the world to buy the biggest boat, best cars and designer lable clothing. But these are material objects that are out dated before they are introduced to the market. But a good friend is someone that will stick with you through thick and thin, defend, love and protect you. It is often said that “The best things in life cannot be brought” This kind of person “friend” “cannot be brought.” there is no price tag that can be put on a true friend.
2. Good Health – Money can buy healthcare and medicine, but it cannot replace health once it’s lost. It’s far better to take preventative action such as watching what you eat, exercising, not smoking, and getting regular physicals than to rely on money to save you once your body has started to fail you.
3. Family Unity – Money cannot buy family unity. That only comes from spending time with your family and giving them adequate love and attention. We have heard of stories of family bread winners working tirelessly to provide for the ever growing need to their family only to be short sighted from what the family really need. The love of money causes all kinds of trouble and everlasting pain for some.
4. Personal Contentment – It is very important to be happy with what you have. “On average,” says The Narcissism Epidemic, “materialistic people are less happy and more depressed. Even people who simply aspire to have more money suffer from poor mental health; they also report more physical health problems such as sore throats, backaches, and headaches and were more likely to drink too much alcohol and use illegal drugs. Striving for financial success, apparently, makes people miserable.” According to Dr. Madeline Levine, spending can become “retail therapy” that gives people a measure of comfort in a world where family, community, and church have failed them.” “Shopping is one way to control our environment,” she writes in The Price of Privilege. “It puts us in charge of transactions and confers a sense of power on the buyer. This type of power is illusory . . . The real power is being exerted by large corporations and their advertisers, who are paid to suggest that consumer goods confer magical and protective powers on buyers.”
5. Genuine Security And Inner Peace – According to a quote from George Glory Osaghae “One percent of positive thinking is far better than ninety-nine percent of negative anything”. With millions of dollars in the bank and no peace of mind is vanity. For those that believe in the Bible, Philippians 4:7 reads -“And the peace of God surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and mental powers.” There is more to a secure future than stockpiling money. After all, money can be stolen.