Your neightbour has a bigger car and I’m only driving in a small old car. A bird likes to show off its feathers, but, how far can you show off? Am I automatically being categorized in a lower class, which makes my neighbour have the right to look down on me? Or am I a human who deserves equal respect and equal right on feelings and ideals? Which are not connected to me on products but rather how mankind is really made?
Money is the major quality that one sees and not the talent you see. It used to be that what people determined their success. Now, success is judged based off of what people have. Instead of how many degrees someone has, people now care more about how big their house is or how many cars they have. The world should get back to the old way of life.
Gone are the days when success meant achieving something someone truly desired nowadays success is measured in the amount of money it got you. It's all about the status and materialism and less about the achievement. Like it or not we are all sucked in this idea and the word success automatically synonyms with money these days
I do think that society's increasing materialism has changed the world's perception of success. There was a time when simply owning your own home and car was considered success. Now, because of the high visibility of millionaires and billionaires alike, people no longer view mere self-sufficiency or even financial security as success.
It used to be that what people accomplished determined their success. Now, success is judged based off of what people have. Instead of how many degrees someone has, people now care more about how big their house is or how many cars they have. The world should get back to the old way of life.
It used to be that success involved having a good character, being reliable, honest, and trustworthy. Now, we hold up as role models people who have made a lot of money or acquired many material goods. Children strive for material success, with very little concept that you can also be just as much a success by becoming a nurse, a humanitarian volunteer, or an ordinary person who is decent and moral. The distraction of getting and taking care of ever-changing "cool" consumer products has changed our concept of success.
In a world which is increasingly becoming materialistic, success is surely measured by the materials and money one has got. Hardly you'll find people appreciating success in terms of values and qualities. Anyone who owns high-priced things is a successful person, it doesn't matter how they got it. Corrupt politicians are regarded as successful people despite of the fact that they siphon off a huge sum of public money into their pockets. I have been reading news about researchers proving how, even women judge men by their wealth.
I agree that most people gauge their success with respect to the property, money or car they own. But , they are all dillusional. What everyone is looking for is expansion, evolution its a natural process. Real evolution is the evolution of the soul, understanding onself is the biggest success. This success brings peace, love and harmony and makes life worth living.
I believe that societies views of success have most definitely been molded by materialists, but people in their day to day lives realize what makes real success and genuine personal fulfillment is about the littler things in life. People who use materialistic goals to gauge success have serious issues that are most likely tied to self-worth and self-confidence. Anyway, I don't think materialism has changed individual concepts of success on a general level.