To What Extent Do You Agree That the Most Important Thing in Life Is the Pursuit of Material Wealth?

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To what extent do you agree that the most important thing in life is the pursuit of material wealth?

Material wealth brings happiness and joy to people, allowing people to be freed from financial issues. However, one may not know that the pursuit of material wealth is taking a huge risk and may bring about much harm to a person, a family or even the whole community. In my opinion, the material wealth will cause detrimental effects to a person, should a person pursuit material wealth. Therefore, the pursuit of wealth is not the most important thing in life.

Skirting some of the issues, the pursuit of material wealth will lead to an endless desire of a particular want and finally, emotional poverty. One example is the pursuit of branded goods with the snob appeal. Many women would crave for lavish bags such as Louis Vuitton, Chanel and many others. Unsatisfied, these women would yearn for more and more of such branded goods of an even higher price each time they buy. In a similar way, the pursuit for money is endless. Slowly, this leads to an obsession as money is the only goal that people will aim to achieve. Also, cool gadgets, the latest and best techno-gizmo, trendy clothes the newest fashion has been the hot choice of teenagers’ pursuit. Such pursuit has been brought about by advertisements and peer pressure, just to name a few. A materialistic lifestyle will bring much unhappiness and discomfort to people as the goal of pursuit for a need will always be etched on the person’s mind, never going away. Therefore, the pursuit of material wealth will lead to an endless desire and eventually emotional poverty.

In addition, the pursuit of material wealth also causes interpersonal relationships among people to suffer. The Straits Times reported recently that an ex-bank executive, Winnie Goh Li Ching, 33, was charged of conspiring with housing agents to cheat OCBC over $61 million housing loans scams. This shows that the greed for high end properties like...
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