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Our Necessities
By Shervin Hojat, Ph.D.
Last edited: Sunday, July 08, 2012
Posted: Sunday, July 08, 2012



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Think of the words “happy”, “successful”, “fulfilled” and “healthy”. What images come to you? What do you need to buy or have?

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)?

Our Necessities 

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

 

 

 

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Reviewed by Diana Legun (Reader) 7/23/2012
I read this many weeks ago and did not comment. I read it again today and have a response. This sort of minimalist thinking I truly admire and have held these questions up close also. Your choice of words here is sublime: how good? how many? Needs vs. wants. So, I guess I'd like to answer that very last question: "Are we slaves to our new "necessities"? No, we are slaves to our new "wants"....accessories for our accessories' accessories. Yes that. Quite pathetic and seemingly irreversible. Thank you for your observances, Shervin. ~~ Diana

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