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Avoid wasteful extravagance

Consumption can be a remedy against boredom and may convey a sense of fictitious power and supremacy, by standing out from the crowd through the extravagance of the expenditure. As it becomes an addiction, however, it might be cured, if the right medication is administered: humbleness and mindful discovery of the others.

― Erik Pevernagie, Belgian painter


At times like these when our country is facing so many challenges, after-effects of floods and the huge refugee influx, we should be conscious of our own lifestyles. We tend not to think of all the poor people who have become homeless and living in dire conditions. There are many organisations that are working day and night to assist in building makeshift homes, provide drinkable water and basic food. We can make a difference by contributing to these organisations, in whatever way we can.

The other evening it was raining incessantly and I looked out of the window to enjoy the beautiful view till it struck me that something I am enjoying could be a threat to survival for someone else. We tend to crib and complain when our comforts are at stake, we take so much for granted…

Many of us spend so much money going shopping and buying products that we soon discard. We tend to buy so much food that at the end we have to throw a lot away. We live in a world of our own and lose track of reality.

We spend millions on our children's wedding festivities, parties, expensive outfits and so on. Do we ever stop to think that there are many people who do not have the means for one square meal?

I would like to repeat the importance of instilling values in our children and living by them. The world has changed and material things have become an important part of our lives, yet it is like falling into a trap. We need to be aware of not falling into this evil scheme because there is no end to it!



Do not be extravagant

Save for tomorrow

Do not try to keep up with the Joneses

Do not flaunt your wealth

Live well, but live modestly

Spend your money wisely and live within your means

Most importantly, share - help others who are in need

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