Whether we like it or not we're all stuck in this system a system where we have to work to live, bar a small percentage who happened to benefit from this planet Ponzi scheme and have sums of wealth that allow them never to have to work. In a consumerist society, the ability to flex with the things you can buy and experiences you can have are the peacocking of our species and is there show your dominance in the hierarchy.
Show me the money
So if so many peoples goals are to showcase their wealth and not attain wealth, then why go through all the trouble to achieve wealth in the first place? That is where to social clout ladden incentive lies and how people find meaning in their lives of consumerism. Having people look up to you, fawn over your every post and see you as a sort of success symbol is now the actual goal.
Who wants to be wealthy quietly with no one knowing or seeing what you're doing? I mean, how could you enjoy all your money and success if you're not showing it off to others? Does it even make it real if you don't?
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Fake it till you make it
This obsession with opulence and Instagram vanity culture has seen so many of us take short cuts to get the social clout we so richly deserve. So what do we do? We buy followers and views, We purchase products and holidays to show off what we have and attract a frivolous crowd of fans who wonder how they can leverage their credit cards to get what you have because that is happiness, that is living, that is the goal of life.
For those who are fortunate enough to have the money or lines of credit to pull it off, they become the so-called big winners, and you'd think this empty success would result in a fallout, but no it somehow doesn't. Many of these people are then propped up by the fans and brands they can now attract, and their road becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy and they do attain some real wealth and success.
The perception trumps the act
We now live in a world where the idea is better than the act; we go on holidays to see the wonders of the world only for the reason of showing the world you were there and not to enjoy what it is. These destinations, these consumer goods mean less than nothing the only thing that matters is you can attain these so-called prestigious goods and visit pristine places across the world.
If the illusion is now better than reality? Isn't the illusion now our reality? No wonder so many people have mental health issues and fail to understand how the world works when they so enthralled by this smoke and mirrors we all seem to try and project online.
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