Have you ever thought that you needed “something” to be happy, productive, or liked and then realized that was not true?
Advertisements love to define what happiness means for us by constantly re-enforcing images of happy people who “have” new gadgets and “take” new medications. We consistently allow such programming at our subconscious level if we watch TV, listen to radio or read.
Think of the words “happy”, “successful”, “fulfilled” and “healthy”. What images come to you? What do you need to buy or have? We accept a trade off of our time to have what we think we “need”. Do you think that our “needs” will ever be met with constant affirmations by advertisements (image and words)?
What do you need to be a soulful human being?
What does it take to be a calm and centered human being?
Do you need a roof over your head? How fancy should it be?
Do you need a good job? What job makes you happy?
Do you need a car to get around? How fancy or fuel efficient should it be?
Do you need good meals? How good? What kind?
Do you need a good laptop and a phone to feel connected?
How many friends do you need?
What are the absolute necessities in your life?
Don’t you already have them?
Why have our lives so called “necessities” increased so much lately?
Are we proportionally happier, calmer or closer to each other?
Why are there so many more “necessities” these days?
Who creates them?
For what purpose?
Are we more or less human
than decades ago
as the result of our new necessities?
Are we slaves to our new “necessities”?
Copyright @ 2012 by Shervin Hojat