“If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today??? “
– Steve Jobs
Once a sage was asked about the attributes and traits which make the human beings unique. He said,” everyone and everything in this world has an end, but man saves up as if he is gonna be immortal.” Due to evolution , all the living organisms save up for future and it becomes a necessity. This trait is actually inherited biologically.
For a thousand years, after undergoing so many famines, the body tuned itself to save up the unused calories as fat, which could be used up when there is no proper intake of food. So, again, when the fat stored becomes excessive, it becomes fatal.
When you plan so much for the future, you lose all your present moments. In this run, we end up thinking, what if it is not enough; hesitate to spend what ever you actually have in abundance. You keep buying things and keep running a rat race to save up even more, endlessly.
As said, excessive consumerism is bad, Excessive saving up is also bad. Of course, being stingy and carefully planning expenses, are way different from each other. There is a fine line. When it rains, if you are planning to save up some water after taking a shower, it is called saving up. And on the contrary, when you don’t take a shower when it is summer and wait for the monsoon, it is called stingy.
Happiness- the one magical word everyone is running behind, is usually decided upon having a master-degree from a reputed college, 6 digit salary, 8 digit bank balance, being a NRI, holding a green card and what not. And you don’t keep a limit to yourself. We set a goal and decide to smile from the heart only when it is achieved. But do we? No,we keep running for more and more. But to be happy, all you need are those little priceless and magical moments.
In a high- rise apartment, there lived a miser who accidentally slipped off the terrace. In the process of falling down, when he came near his balcony, he screamed and asked his wife not to prepare breakfast for him as he would be no more and food would get wasted. Alas!! He died.
On the death-bed, no one actually thinks about saving up or anything of that sort, all they regret is those moments they could have had or the time they could have spent with their families.
There are certain kind of people who have this habit of not discarding things which are utterly insignificant. It is actually discovered to be a mental disorder. It is termed as hoarding disorder. Those posts, letters, old calendars, bills or receipts etc are never thrown away by these people. Hoarding disorder is a persistent difficulty discarding or parting with possessions because of a perceived need to save them.
A person with hoarding disorder experiences distress at the thought of getting rid of the items. Excessive accumulation of items, regardless of actual value, occurs.
Hoarding often creates such cramped living conditions that homes may be filled to capacity, with only narrow pathways winding through stacks of clutter. Counter tops, sinks, stoves, desks, stairways and virtually all other surfaces are usually piled with stuff. And when there’s no more room inside, the clutter may spread to the garage, vehicles, yard and other storage facilities.
When someone saves up more than needed, he is tagged a thief. You are stealing everyone’s wealth.
“That balance between consumerism and saving up needs to be maintained, then peace shall prevail. “
Written by- Divya Shankar
The hindu, Tamil – by Dr. Ramanujam, 27-jan-18, Saturday