Humbled No.1

An excerpt from a book I am reading. This is about chasing unnecessary material wealth (i.e. iPhone, iPad etc hehehe).

"... now do you see the folly in chasing after most material goods? So isn't it time we stop spending money on things that do not really matter and instead, spend more time and effort in building our character? Not only it's more rewarding, it is also cheaper."

hmm...

Comments

Sharif John said…
Yeah. Instead of chasing, why not running hehe
KOOKY KASH said…
I think its not a question of having material things but a question of how much we spend on those material things. Say, buying a Coach handbag vs a handbag from FOS…
BMW vs Proton
Nike vs Power
Combi stroller vs Tesco's
Mothercare vs Anakku

and the list goes on…
Haza said…
Kash, surely you didn't mean to compare nike/power, bmw/proton?

Anyway, this is nice. I've always looked up to people with character, even when they don't really have much in terms of material.
KOOKY KASH said…
yes, why choose BMW over proton. Both can be driven from A to B.
why choose nike when you can also run with power/bata. why spend more money on something that can do the same job?

why spend RM10,000 on a handbag that will go out of fashion in a few years?

why buy a big house and big car for a family of four/five?

The answer to the conundrum is simple. It's all about status. Material wealth places you in the ladder of society.

Peace.
amsyah said…
haha John - wicked! but for you, it's always scaling the heights...

kash - in context of the overall content of the book, your comparison is correct. of course we have to factor in safety aspects etc... so mebbe not BMW vs proton, coz proton cars, well, you know hehehe

and Power shoes? heheeheh, Haza made a good point hahahaha

Haza - knock some sense in us... pull me back in, please...
KOOKY KASH said…
syah, honestly, it's all excuses. those are marketing hype. people in advertising created the hype. there are some credibility in their claims. some, but not all.

I know. I am in advertising. Clients come to us with a product to sell and we go all out to hype the product. Advertising people are good at telling stories. They are paid big money to create stories.

Having said that, I buy into the advertising hype like everyone else. I believe nike can make me run faster, go longer, not a Power, and if I want to be 'safer' on the road, I will choose a Volvo and not a Proton.
amsyah said…
Kash - yeah... why spend RM20k worth of jewels, a Nissan X-Trail and other materials on a artist last weekend who flosses with a gold thread, when there are hundreds of kids waiting for implants, and corrective surgeries - unfortunate enough that their parents couldn't afford the bills.

we and the world. Peace
amsyah said…
Kash - we are bombarded with thousands of advertisements per day - media, prints, etc, so I'd imagine it will be very tough :) and it is important we put substance over style. I am ashamed to say, mostly I'd get my design instinct to do the judgement because being a designer, I can't help myself but to be blinded hahaha

It is also not fair to forbid us the luxuries of life, provided if I could afford within my means, lah. I believe we should enjoy our life, and our hard-earned salary :)
KOOKY KASH said…
agree Syah, just live within our means.

Re: the advertising, the ones with the best marketing hype always sell. unfortunately i am in the business of blinding people too. sorry everyone.
amsyah said…
hehehe, i am smiling sheepishly, as we do that to through our services... come on, who really need a RM4 Mil house, honestly... ok ok, masuk tido... :D
Fong said…
haha.. y choose cervelo over some plain but trust worthy road bike =)
i'm all for building character, but what are the gadgets that will help me do it?

=p

lari topik sikit, but just thinking that maybe the joy of doing things come not from doing it, but from buying the stuff that enables/helps you to do it.

contohnya membeli nike+ untuk start berlari. lepas tu keluar lari 2 kali je, hehe.


right, am off to buy myself a tennis racket.
Cikna said…
takpe, beli ler buku banyak2, nti claim tax. anyway, tax blum file lagi...tengah korek lagi ape2 yg boleh claim.
amsyah said…
fong - yeah, why ha? tapi pakai cervelo, lepas tu menang prize money. how? hahahah

ayien - of course, we need our swords to be able to win battles, and pretty good one too, kan hahah tapi kalau lari 2 kali je, pepaham je lah... enjoy shopping

B - alamak... EA form tinggal lagi.
Faisal said…
Wow Syah, your posts are getting more thought-provoking.

It's certainly a food for thought.

Let me sleep on it aight.

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