A few weeks ago, as I was sitting in English, my teacher began to discuss one of the books we were going to read. The book, Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse, is about a boy who finds happiness in himself through a long and difficult journey while seeing the evils and the good of the world. During a part of the book, the boy realizes, as he’s wasted years on gambling, drinking, and spending, that he is not happy. Why? Because even though he is rich, even though he lives in a mansion with servants, even though he has a beautiful lover, he has not attained happiness. And so, that’s where this blog post begins.
I personally believe that being filthy rich will not attain true happiness because there will always be something lacking. Money can’t replace the memories that people hold so dearly, such as when their first child was born, when they got into the college they wanted, or when they first fell in love. All the memories you have right now, they will be with you until you die. Of course, I’m only saying this because I’ve seen people who have ruined themselves for money, whether it be their career, family, or even health. For example, Jack Ma, the owner of Alibaba, says he is not happy because of the way people treat him merely because he is rich. In the article, he states that he can’t trust people because they no longer look at who he is but how much money he is. Another example would be this article discussing the miseries of a rich family, such as spoiled children and failure to meet expectations.
“Literally I see celebrities in magazines all the time saying how much they love their career, and where they are in their lives. And then, three days, they get divorced. People can have everything they ever wanted. They can get the dream girl and later find out that they’re cheating.” –Joanna
People say that money will buy happiness, people say that money can . It’s true that having more money will lead to a more comfortable life. And it’s also true that money can get the things you’ve always wanted. But materialism aside, what else do you have? Memories, relationships, and emotions can’t be created through money. And to me, those three are the most important elements which make up society. In the end, human beings crave for happiness. Happiness can be found in many places, a warm bed after a long day of work, in a foreign country saving lives, or maybe in a library. Happiness is defined by everyone differently. What do you think will bring you happiness?