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The case against materialism

Materialistic lifestyles are encouraged in a culture which thrives on consumerism.

 

In a capitalistic society ideas get marketed as products and physical items. We go beyond the need to just buy the necessities plus perhaps the occasional luxuries and buy into all these products. It’s for the lifestyle it brings and the social status. Its these beliefs and views we gain that we want

We can look in ourselves and ideas within rather than buy stuff to fulfil a non-physical need or void in us. We can look to societal/intellectual constructs to help us in life which you could say as certain bits forms/aspects of “culture”. Although people say that culture is brainwashing. Yes many aspects are so to be avoided e.g. tv shows promoting ideologies of how to act in a subtle way without you even noticing. However some forms of music and art that a generated from cultural ideas are very interesting to look at. We can say experiences we gain are important because we learn from them that includes visiting new places (or old places again too of course).

 

Saying all this sometimes items do have a purpose in life, such as creative purposes or as non necessary tools its just when people try and use it to directly fill a void in their life or overly consume. More stuff doesn’t directly lead to happiness although yes some stuff is very useful and good or can lead to cool opportunities and fun things. Or intellectual stimulation.

 

 

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Too much repetition in music

A large amount of music released in recent times have many repetitive notes in and are often about things like drugs, discos, desire etc. And they are very similar to each other. I just think, aren’t people bored of this stuff already?

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Could this be reflecting the way many peoples lives lacking in variation hence repetition and being centered around shallow activities?  But maybe more so being about trying to numb out inner feelings with consuming music. Like that drum like rhythm that is similar in a way to hypnosis.  For some music can even become an addiction even if it is a mild one. And with more music like the type I mentioned more people are influenced into such lifestyles however small the influence may be.

Since music often had more variation within it, i’m I trying to say peoples lives were more varied in the past? Perhaps not. But I would say that at least people were not so into numbing their minds going to bars all the time and doing activities that are mind numbing. I’m sure in the past more people were in touch with nature and you can see how there is much music that reflects nature.

Though I think one of the biggest problems with today’s music is perhaps though how less money is around for music. So music producers are going to concentrate on making music they know they can sell, which pop music does quite well at.

Music is best when the composer is in line with themselves but this is quite hard to do when the composer is competing for fame.

Perhaps though it is really more about those who want the music that are leading to such music being created. As long as there is demand there will always be a supply of this type of music.

But of course there is music out there with much more variety, if you look (Perhaps not too much on the music charts). Although what music you like will be ultimately down to what kind of person you are right now and so the types of music people like varies greatly between people in the same way as there is a great variety of different people in the world.

Life and the place of work

A large majority of people are basically expected to work in boring repetitive jobs to earn money (excluding certain types of jobs/careers such as those in the entertainment industry, entrepreneurs etc.) I may be young, inexperienced and naive  due to my lack of experience because I don’t exactly know a large amount what it is like to “live in the real world” or whatever. Though I do question the reason why (Most) people can’t do work that is fueled by their true passions and interests and not mainly financial reasons.

Specializing too much is something that I really hate and not just dislike. Sure, it is important to stay focused on the task at hand, however I think that having many different interests means that you have a broader view of the world. The more things you “know” (although you can’t truly know anything in one sense) the more you can combine your knowledge you gained from different sources to gain new understandings and insights. Some people can “escape the rat race” and create their own job although that can require a large amount of work it could be a good alternative if it is successful though it can cause a lot of stress to attempt and may only be successful after many failures.

Also sitting at a computer everyday to do my work is something that I wouldn’t like to do even I love computers and I even enjoy programming to some extent (though I don’t know much since it wasn’t taught much at schools until recently in the UK and I wasn’t taught it at school). For obvious reasons, sitting at a computer too long can be very unhealthy although with the rise in the use of technology this is perhaps inevitable..

In addition it seems crazy how much money some people make from their jobs; what do they really do with this wealth and does it make them happy? Sure you can reinvest it into a great project of some sort or donate to a good cause but a large amount is wasted on luxury items or just hoarded and kept. Happiness is something that comes from within and isn’t something you can buy although of course there are some objects that can make your life better that are not just bare essentials such as access to a computer, books, a car etc.

To go a little off topic it is  funny (and sad) how “Back in 1930, Keynes predicted that the working week would be drastically cut, to perhaps 15 hours a week, with people choosing to have far more leisure as their material needs were satisfied.” but today people still work so hard.

Inspired by:

http://aeon.co/magazine/society/millenials-and-the-meaning-of-work/

http://aeon.co/magazine/culture/anyone-can-learn-to-be-a-polymath/

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The importance of: not caring about what others think about you and being true to yourself

Many people act desperately to try to gain other peoples approval and therefore act in ways that they think other people would like instead of how they would genuinely like to act. Being genuinely true to yourself requires you to stop conforming and following others. This requires courage and overcoming the fear that you may come off as weird, strange or unnatural. Everyone is unique in their own way and although some people may think they are happier by acting fake, just for peoples’ approval or to fit in a certain group (e.g. at a school) or even just to make friends; by being fake you are probably not acting how you would truly want to deep down. This includes disagreeing with what people say sometimes and saying things some people may disapprove of although of course sometimes it is best not to say anything or to tone down what you are saying as you still need to be sensitive of other peoples’ opinions.

  • Ninety percent of the world’s woe comes from people not knowing themselves, their abilities, their frailties, and even their real virtues. Most of us go almost all the way through life as complete strangers to ourselves.–Sydney J. Harris
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Thinking about life, what makes it worth living?

How is life made worth living? There are many people who don’t know what to do with their life and stay in watch T.V. or feel like their have something missing. What can you do to find out what you need to do in your life? It’s simple – yet hard to put into effect, I think the most important thing is exploration.

You can explore yourself and the world around you in many ways.

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Self exploration can be done by journalling, or by arts (not just drawing or painting) and thinking. You could explore in ways such as by reading or talking to others, or challenging your comfort zone by doing things you wouldn’t normally do. However there can be things that prevent you from doing these things such as fear, being addicted to comfort or in other ways not be able to do something, maybe just because you don’t have the resources or the time. It can be so good to explore in different ways, however it’s probably best to take small steps at a time but without giving up too quickly.

This is my first post, I would love it if you could tell me what you think below if you liked it or not and what you found interesting/could be improved. I am experimenting with styles right now 😀