We all Need introspection of our REAL NEEDS… Think…. and Think again,,
My generation will be the last one to remember life before the Internet. When I was seven, I was still playing “Barbie Dream House” with my friends and hosting tea parties for my entourage of stuffed dogs and teddy bears. If I wanted to hang out with somebody, I’d walk a block to their house or call them on their landline. In today’s world, children are going straight from diapers and bottles to iPhones and Facebook. But is introducing kids to social technology at such a young age a good idea, or not?
Think about it !!!
Yesterday, I was driving, and the FM radio went off for few seconds. I thought I should have an iPod. Then suddenly I realized that I have not used my iPod in last 6 months. And then& more things, Handy cam in last 2 years, Digital Camera in last 2 months, DVD player in last 1 month and many more. Now I can say that I bought that Handy cam just out of impulse, I have used it twice only in last 4 years.
So, what’s wrong and where? When I look at myself or my friends I can see it everywhere. We are not happy with what we have but all are stressed and not happy for the things we don’t have. You have a Santro, but you want City & you have a City, but you want Skoda. Just after buying a new phone, we need another one. Better laptop, bigger TV, faster car, bigger house, more money to buy it all. I mean, these examples are endless. The point is what is it actually worth? Do we ever think if we actually need those things before we want?
After this, I was forced to think what I need and what I don’t. May be I didn’t need this Handy cam or the iPod or that DVD player. When I see my father back at home, he has a simple BPL color TV; he does not need a 42″ Sony LED wall mount. He has a cell phone worth Rs 2,500. Whenever I ask him to change the phone, he always says “It’s a phone; I need this just for calls”. And believe me; he is much happier in life than me with those limited resources and simple gadgets. The very basic reason why he is happy with so little is that he does not want things in life to make it luxurious, but he wants only those things which are making his life easier. It’s a very fine line between these two, but after looking at my father’s life style closely, I got the point. He needs a cell phone but not the iPhone. He needs a TV but not the 42 plasma or LED. He needs a reliable car but not fancy wheels.
It is very simple- Our ancestors treated Necessities as Luxuries, we are looking at Luxuries as Necessities. This is making our life miserable…