Materialism is the overvaluing or inflating of physical possessions such as clothing, cars, houses, shoes, or anything that can be obtain with money. While materialism can be a product of PTSD, it does not have to be. However, it certainly clear materialism is exacerbated as a result of PTSD, thus we include the intensity of it here as a byproduct of PTSD. I ask that you examine yourself to see if you find this within yourself. Yes, it may not seem like a problem, but if you have a purpose, a dream, or a goal, what you're unwilling to let go off will certainly limit the fulfillment of that purpose.
Why is materialism associated with PTSD and what's the problem with materialism? I associate materialism with PTSD because the simple fact is materialism is not real. Like all byproducts of PTSD, it is based on an illusion. Since the mind can not handle true freedom, it creates the illusion of freedom through the display of material possession. We want to be noticed. We want the world to see our nice car with rims made by European companies, our European clothes, our European shoes, and our European jewelry. We want the world to see we are well-off, free, independent, successful. Yet, we are still slaves, slaves to the opinion of others.
The illusion is that wealth is defined by what you possess and what you can show the world that you possess. All the while, we miss what real wealth is which only comes through self-reflection, awareness, and consciousness. We want so much to be wealthy and successful. More than that, we want the world to know that we are such. So, we flash our bling and our bodies to be noticed. We adorn the outside, yet have no awareness of the gold within, of greater worth that all the wealth of Europe and America. It is superficial. Many of us go broke and into debt attempting to keep up with the Jones because we don't understand what real wealth is. Real wealth is not flaunted, but preserved, invested, and shared. For what else is it good for?
Materialism is also reflected in the desire for the latest technology, phone, toy, game system, etc. Nothing is wrong with desiring new products, but not everytime. You see the truly wealth understand money spent is money invested. Let me say that again, money spent is money invested. Every investment must pay off more that the inital money put into it. So, how is your money paying you back? What interest are you getting from spending your money on McDonalds or Buger King? Diabetes, obesity? Is that the return on your investment? Buying a new phone? Will that phone make you more productive, able to spend more time growing your business, or improve your ability to connect with your customers and market? Or is it just for mobile gaming? What is the added value?
Start looking within yourself for your own habits. I cannot emphasize enough the need to self-examine. That's great you can recognize materialism within friends, family, or greater society, but that is not consciousness. You must be able to recognize even the slightest hint of it within yourself, because just a drop is enough to hold back your life purpose. What if your life purpose is to impact millions? We need everyone on the team. Start working on your game, examine your weaknesses and how you can improve as a human being. In future articles, we will cover specific tools for self-examination, but start with a journal and just write what you perceive within yourself. See where it goes.
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