Not a Material Boy
You like money fine, but you don’t think about it too much. Money is like a frisbee to you; you throw it around, if it comes back to you at some point, that’s great; if you miss it, hey, no big deal.
But you have to be more careful with your frisbee. There are meanies out there who would like to steal your frisbee. Don’t let them steal your frisbee.
That’s my result of a ‘How materialistic are you?’ quiz I took just now. It was a rather long quiz and some questions were of the ‘not applicable’ type for me. It seems to have been made for the amreekans, who, many believe are the most materialistic race in the world. With which, I completely disagree.
In my view, Americans are not any more materialistic than, say, us Indians. Of course, we give more importance to the spiritual and metaphysical side of life than any other people, butthe fact is, materialism is so ingrained into our systems that we fail to see it. We curse others for running after money, yet India is the largest consumer of gold in the world. Our movie heroines are after their heros to gift them ‘naulakha haars, choodis and kangnaas’. Land is perhaps the most fought over asset in India. One of the basic reasons we go to a temple is to request our deity to elivate our social status, or maintian it. Dowry, is a part and parcel of our life. It’s a shame but it still exists and in fact, is thriving. ‘Status’ and ‘image’ in the society play such a big role in our lives. Just look at the spectacular growth of mobile phone usage in India. They have gone from being a status symbol to a commodity in a span of 4-5 years. This in a country which is home to milions of people who can’t afford a meal-a-day.
The poor dream of becoming rich someday. It’s our extraordinary patience, or shall we say, hope (that things will be all right some day) that keeps us going. India’s corporate sector is full of rags to riches stories. And people continue to get motivated by them. The way India’s middle-class is growing, it’s all set to become one of the biggest consumer markets in the world. Indians have taken to shopping malls and ‘modern life’ like fish to water. All this is because materialism comes naturally to us. Just that it was trapped in the shackles of restrictive government policies which gave way in 1991.
OK. Lest I forget, here are a few things I wish to own in the coming year:
I don’t use a mobile phone yet. But that could change if I get an iPhone. Image source.
This one could be a reality very soon. Image Source.
May not have the saddle bags and the wind screen but I hope to have one this year. Image Source.
That’s the latest addition. A decent Digital SLR Camera. Image Source.
That’s all I ask for. Not too materialistic for sure.