– TOP 5s: GREED –
“Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing” – Oscar Wilde
Because this post is about ‘greed’, I wanted to create a list of the top 5 material things on my wishlist, such as a Chanel bag or Cartier bangle. However, I really wanted to discuss a topic that makes this post a bit more valuable than purchasable goods.
Any person with the financial ability to buy whatever they wish for is indeed lucky, I won’t ever deny that. However, with what we see daily on social media has ridden our sense of value for things and also increased our greed for materials. We have forgotten the true price of happiness, believing that we can be happy by dressing in the finest clothes or living in the biggest of houses. Studying business only made me understand how the world revolves around money and I ended up feeling worse about what I learned.
I can go on and on, eventually turning this post into a rant. I refrain from doing that today.
Here are my top 5 most valuable qualities:
Imagination, innovation and the ability to generate new ideas are indeed priceless. Being creative can be as troublesome as it is good but I believe we need more creative people in life. Most of us are always looking for logical solutions, avoiding ideas that are too unconventional. Creativity helps break loose from those paradigms or standards. Creativity is considered a talent but sadly many people think of it as a “skill”. I disagree. Keep coming up with new ideas and flaunt your ability to be creative.
I’m not one to speak about luck, especially when I encounter the strangest things that make me question it. However, I can say that I have a unique appreciation for mine. Sometimes what you think is bad turns out to be the best that has happened to you. For example, at the age of 16 I was pushed (*cough*forced*cough*) by my English teacher and classmates to enter a competition and I resisted. Eventually, we were presented with a prize on a global scale for our project and a lot of good things happened. Not even money could’ve made this happen.
Integrity can be defined as having strong morals and doing what’s right. This falls under two categories, integrity that can be bought and integrity that can’t. Example: integrity that can be bought is seen in many employees, with fear of being constantly watched or supervised for mistakes. This means that they do their job out of fear of judgement (not always the case, I know). The other type of integrity is found in those who do their job properly despite the benefits. We should encourage others and teach the younger generation to work out of the goodness of their heart, as corny as it may sound.
Relationships never last, but what does? There are those who are in a relationship with money and those who are in a relationship with opportunities. What I’m talking about here are the ones that exist despite your flaws and lack of what you can give to the other person. If you’re blessed enough to have parents that offer you everything they have or friends that support your every decision, know that you’ve struck gold. Maybe it doesn’t pay the bills, but true relationships that are built on love and selflessness go further than that.
Etiquette has been taught throughout years in order to display them in a public setting. What a person does behind closed doors isn’t considered etiquette. But what about real manners? Humility, patience, generosity and other personal qualities can be improved with money. When that money is taken away, what’s left of a person is what really matters and that’s when their true manners show. I’ve known people who, although face the worst of situations, still display courteous manners. Those are the people I respect the most.
On a side note: people might consider me immature for saying that money doesn’t solve problems. In today’s world, it does. In fact, almost everything can be done with money but what I’m pointing out here is how much power we enabled money to interfere with our lives. We’re losing track of our human traits.
All images are from ISO Republic – taken by Tom Eversley