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The Disease of "More"

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Something has happened to the world over the 6+ decades I have been alive. People all want More rather than Enough.

If one pair of shoes is good, are 20 pairs better? If 10 rooms is good, are 15 rooms better? If 1 cup of pasta is good, are two cups better? If one drink is good, is the whole bottle better?

I watch shows on TV where people are constantly having to buy bigger homes to house their increasing amounts of stuff. Are they better off? Do the kids really need a thousand toys? Do you need all the clothes that require a closet the size of the bedroom I shared with my sister growing up?

Do super sized portions really make us feel better than the old portion sizes did?

When did we go from wanting "Different and New" to "More of the Same?" Just because we CAN have it, does it mean we should?

Maybe it's a new disease. Alas, the cure is an inside job.

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    You have another powerful blog entry here. I totally agree with you. When I was growing up whole families lived in houses which many people would sneer at today.

    I have been working hard to avoid any excess expenditure over the past few years. I want it to be easy for people to clean up after me when I die. That's not a joke; just a sincere reflection on how little I need.

    I have moved more to library books, to listening to the radio instead of having to own music, to renting instead of buying some things. It helps to keep things less cluttered.

    1971 days ago
    Hubby's like this. Only instead of multiples, he needs the latest and greatest as soon as it comes out. Then he's always frustrated with the bugs. My attitude most of the time is if it still works, why replace it?

    Although all the rules are off when it comes to chrome for the bikes. I actually realized I went a little too far and now it's figuring out what to take off to bring it back to showy and away from tacky. :-) It's a very fine line!
    1989 days ago
    I have that 'disease' in one area; costume jewelry. I kept buying new peices, and I would wear it a LOT for awhile and then not be wearing it; then buy more, and same thing happened. I kept doing this, and now I have a whole bunch of stuff that I supposedly treasure, but don't wear.

    I finally realized that what I am doing is buying to fill an emotional need that can’t be filled by any amount of buying. I just have to deal with whatever issues are creating that ‘emotional hole’, and keep the money in my pocket for purchasing because of the right circumstances. I still ‘slip’ and ‘fill’ my emotional needs with more jewelry - just like I do with handling my feelings with food - but I am working towards handling the emotions appropriately. One day at a time.

    1993 days ago
    It seems the "more" we have, including choices, the less happy we are. It definitely seems out of balance. I like the "cure" being an "inside job," Nell. So true.
    1997 days ago
    People are never called greedy when they take more than they need. When did that change?
    1998 days ago
    Been thinking the same kind of thing lately.
    1999 days ago
    I don't think that it is necessarily a "new" disease. I, too, have seen what appears to be a shifting focus over the last 6+ decades. I believe, in part, that we are saddened by the visibility (reality tv, internet, facebook, twitter, etc.) of the disease of "more". It is exploited as never before. But how much is it on the rise? It has always been there. It is debatable whether or not it is spreading. Those who strive for simple lives are not big news or dramatic enough to be splashed about the tv and internet. I am cheering for all who are looking to find what is truly most important in life and not just "more". You are right, It is and Inside job! :)
    2000 days ago
    Very astute observation. So true. Thank you for sharing this thought-provoking blog.
    2000 days ago
    Your blog was shared with me by MEADSBAY and all I can say is WHAT TIMING!! It is so true. We are truly spoiled and no 'thing' can make us truly happy. It is all from within. Thanks for the reminder!!!
    2000 days ago
    I enjoyed reading your Blog.. what you said is so true.. I am coming to believe the more stuff we "own" , the more the stuff actually "owns us".. like you say needing bigger house ( and mortgage) to keep it all in. emoticon Peggy
    2000 days ago
    This is so true. Great Blog Nell. My kids are living proof of this.
    2000 days ago
    So true, great blog!
    2000 days ago
    OMG- I 'liked' this blog and LOVED it!
    You are SO right.
    We had so much fun growing up- with hardly a toy in the house!

    2000 days ago
    Love it. Society's 'want' list is out of control. The truth is that most of us have all that we need already. You're right, the problem lies almost does present itself as a societal disease, without bounds. Great blog!
    2000 days ago
  • MOGAL1946
    Great Blog! So True! I often wonder why people can't be content with what they have and take care of what they have rather than keep buying new and more of the same stuff. Only leads to cluttering all aspects of life.
    2000 days ago
  • JEANNE229
    How true this is! I am always amazed at how much people EXPECT and never appreciate.
    2000 days ago
    Think you hit it right on the head! Kinda goes with the saying... He who accumulates the most toys wins. (wins what?)
    2000 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/24/2012 9:27:09 AM
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