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How Much Is Enough - A Story about Always Wanting More

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From the time we learn how to crawl as babies, we also learn to start wanting more. Even before we learn how to crawl, we sit in our baby strollers and our instincts tell us that there is more to life than being taken around in a big, plastic baby handler. We are not aware of this at that particular moment, but our minds tell us that we should get out of these strollers and start doing something else, something new, something more. So, we start crawling.

Crawling, Walking, Talking, and Wanting More – So Many Verbs in One Place

After crawling for some time, our hard-to-keep-satisfied minds tell us that we should try to get more out of this freedom by standing up and trying to walk. So, we slowly start to get up on our own two feet. Yes, we fall and hurt ourselves in the meantime, but we finally start walking by ourselves. The next thing is talking, as our minds want to acquire a medium that can be used as a tool for telling other people to give and do more. So, we start talking and asking for more. More food, more toys, more attention, more love, more affection.

The Obsession with Money

Eventually, as we grow up and reach our teens, money becomes an important part of our lives. Naturally, as you might have already guessed, we do not only want money. No, what we want is more money. No matter how much money we get from our parents and grandparents, we always seem to want more. As we go through life, we yet again learn that everything we have or want to have is and will never be enough, as we will always want more of it. Again, we ask for a raise at work, we look for a better job, a better apartment, a partner that is better-looking than we are, a better car than the one we have, and so on.

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Game Over

Before we know it, our lives come to an end. And in the end, what do we have? We always wanted more and more, and we ended up with no more – no more love, no more money, no more cars, no more attention and affection, and, most importantly, no more life.

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What Should We Do?

So, what do you think is the best thing to do? Should we appreciate and be happy with what we have, or should we always strive for more? When we look at it from a different perspective, if we, as people, had always been satisfied with what we had, we would have never gotten to where we are today. We would probably still be living in caves, eating raw meat, and grunting instead of talking in so many wonderful and unique languages. When you think about it this way, not being satisfied and always wanting more and better is the basic idea of progress, and we certainly need progress, right? It seems that there isn't a straightforward answer to this tricky question.

The Answer

The answer to this question seems to be closely related to wanting more, but being moderate in our wishes. We should strive for more, but not always. If you, for instance, have enough money to lead a normal life and support your family, why would you want more of it? On the other hand, if you have more than you need, why wouldn't you want to help someone who doesn't have enough? If we all were willing to follow this simple principle, the world we live in today would be a much better place. So, the next time you catch yourself wanting more and more, ask yourself do you really need more, or are you just being spoiled and greedy?

Comments

Nemanja Boškov (author) from Serbia on February 25, 2013:

Thanks for the comment, Jonah! I'm glad you liked my writing.

Jonah Ender from Greater New York on February 25, 2013:

Great Hub!

Nemanja Boškov (author) from Serbia on April 13, 2012:

Rosemay, thanks for the comment and the read! I love your avatar :)

I totally agree with you on this one, as greed is probably the worst of characteristics we as humans possess. I am glad you enjoyed reading this.

Rosemary Sadler from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand on April 12, 2012:

I enjoyed reading your hub. Sometimes being too greedy we end up with nothing at all. The more money we earn the more expensive lifestyle we want, A bigger house... higher bills... a flasher car... more costly to run. and it goes on, so we are not really any better off than before in the long run. But the pressure is on to keep earning enough to live that upmarket lifestyle.

Great hub and I enjoyed your take on this subject.

Nemanja Boškov (author) from Serbia on March 31, 2012:

Thank you, Ian! I am honored to have you visit and leave such a wonderful and inspiring comment!

I do think that too many people cannot see the forest from the trees in this matter, and I also think that we should all think about how much we really need. When it comes to you, please feel free to let me know what the jury has to say after the intermission :)

Nemanja Boškov (author) from Serbia on March 31, 2012:

Thank you, Website Examiner, for taking the time to stop by and leave a comment. I am glad you agree with me on this one.

Nemanja Boškov (author) from Serbia on March 31, 2012:

I am glad to hear that, writer20, and I am glad to see you here :)

Thank you for stopping by!

Twilight Lawns from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. on March 30, 2012:

This is so obvious, but written in a typical Nemanja way. There is, in your writing, always the little word or arrangement of words, which makes me pay real attention. So many people write in straight lines, but you manage to make me think.

Thank you, my friend.

I am looking myself in the face and asking the question, "Are you still like this, Ian? Do you still want more and more?"

The jury is presently out.

Website Examiner on March 30, 2012:

Things, even benign things, in excess are often harmful. Your levelheaded approach seems right. Why suppress ambition and wants? On the other hand, why be consumed by them. Good to see you taking up such an interesting topic.

Joyce Haragsim from Southern Nevada on March 30, 2012:

I used to be this way always wanting but this has stopped now. Vote up.

Nemanja Boškov (author) from Serbia on March 30, 2012:

Greg, thanks for your comment. I'll have a look at your Hub on greed and share my opinions.

Greg Schweizer from Corona, California. on March 30, 2012:

GREED is powre and power is what everybody wants these days. Good hub. It exentuates my hub on GREEG. Greg

Nemanja Boškov (author) from Serbia on March 30, 2012:

Hi, Chris! Thank you very much for your continuing support.

I am currently involved in a project where I am writing short articles for a client of mine. These articles can be about anything at all, and this hub has developed from an article I started writing for him. It started out as a funny story in my head, but as it developed I figured that I had an opinion about it, and that it would be nice to share it here...

I am really glad you liked my thoughts; thank you, my friend!

Christopher Antony Meade from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom on March 29, 2012:

Nemanja. You teach us the best lessons. All wrapped up with great wit and with some great cartoons. People should heed what you say here. Thankyou.

Nemanja Boškov (author) from Serbia on March 29, 2012:

Hi, clairemy! Thanks for taking the time to read and comment, and I am honored to have my scribbling compared to the great Grimm Brothers :)

The Tale of the Fisherman's Wife is a very interesting one, and we will all go through something very similar to that at least once in our lives, right?

Nemanja Boškov (author) from Serbia on March 29, 2012:

Thanks, Ana, for your lovely comment, as well as the share :)

You have really made my day!

Claire on March 29, 2012:

Interesting hub, reminds of the Tale of The Fishermans Wife............she wanted more, more , more and then oneday it was all gone because she was never satisfied.

Ana Gajic on March 29, 2012:

I liked you hub, Nemanja:) You have an interesting approach to money, and to be honest, I am of the same opinion - people should learn to be satisfied with what they have. I also liked the idea of sharing with others. Wouldn't it be great if there were bank notes that had "you had enough" written on them? Anyway, I know that it is hard to be moderate when we learn to want more from our earliest age.

Aside from the fact that you've written an amazing hub, the images you've included in your hub are really witty - a great choice:) All in all, this is a really great hub, and I am thrilled to have read it. This deserves to be shared:)