The more the better? or from maximation to optimisation
During the past years we have got used to increase our materialistic wealth in an impetuous speed. Lika a mighty fly-wheel the economical development took its course. You only had to take your seat and automatically got carried away. No wonder that questions about meaning and purpose of this development were ignored. Now as this fly-wheel turns slower and some people even prophesy its stop or backward turn, it's possible again to pose questions.
It's not long ago – our grandparents have still experienced this time – when every additional Dollar or Euro in the purse lead to a growth in life quality. In other words: Not long ago, more materialistic possession automatically ment an improvement in the life situation. Most of us have taken over this "the-more-the-better-principle" without thinking reflecting and follow it as a sheer habit. This is the only explanation, why even wealthy nations fall into a depressive mood, when the personal incomes suddenly don't rise any more or when the industrial turnovers and profits stagnate. We must find out for ourselves, if we could live a fortunate life with todays income respectively if we would need more materialistic wealth for that purpose. This question we should ask ourselves however, since from a certain level on, more materialistic wealth doesn't automatically mean more satisfaction and joy. Some time or other we will have enough to eat, enough clothing, an enough large home, enough jewelery, enough mobility etc.
Some time or other we will come to a point, where money comes to a self purpose, where our life quality cannot be improved any more. Where additional money even wastes our time, because we get busy with thoughts what to consume or how to invest it best possible. At the latest by then the principle "the-more-the-better" isn't valid any longer. Then comes the question about the optimum: How much materialistic wealth do I want respectively do I need to live fortunately and in true satisfaction?
This question shouldn't only be asked for our private life, but also for companies and organisations. It's rather useless to produce more and more goods every year. The "the-more-the-better-principle" has served its time and the time for the individual optimisation has come.
Isn't it wonderful to have enough, to be able to decide how much we want? Let us get rid of the pressure to always aspire for more materialistic wealth. Let us instead find a wholesome optimum for our own life quality. Let's decide ourselves, what is right for us.