We live in a world of things (there are very few Perelmans among us who do not need earthly goods, so we do not take them into account). Some people need expensive clothes, some need travel, others need concerts, books, music, sports, many women are ready to spend all available funds on personal care. Children love toys, sweets, and entertainment. Everything requires money, even the most spiritual food (tickets to the Nutcracker, yeah!). We were told for so long that money is not the main thing, you could even say that the subtext was “money is bad.” Materialism was stigmatized, and the population stood in lines and went to all sorts of tricks to get the things they wanted. And then it suddenly became clear that, after all, money is almost the most important thing, in any case, it is one of the few components of a happy life.We are sometimes surprised by the attitude of modern children towards things: it is difficult to surprise them with gifts, they do not take care of toys, and they also choose sweets! How? How can candy be tasteless?! As a child, I was happy with any candy, I ate the instant drink “Yupi” in dry form with a spoon, because it was sweet, and if in “Children’s World” my mother offered to buy me a car, I would agree, because it’s In any case, a toy, that is, by definition, a necessary thing! Our parents and we, together with them, could stand in line for several hours for shoes, which had to be worn carefully for a couple of seasons, in order to then pass them on to our younger sister in almost original form, and modern children destroy shoes in a month so that they can only throw them away. Clothes are torn and dirty every day, toys are mercilessly broken and lost, sweets are the logical conclusion of any meal, and not a holiday once every six months. For our children this is a given; they didn’t know anything else from birth. They can calmly play in the dirt and not be afraid of tearing their pants, because everyone has plenty of clothes, they don’t shake over toys, they don’t envy each other, because everyone has more or less everything. They just live and enjoy life, without worrying about little things. So who is more materialistic: the generation that dreams of sausage on holidays, or the generation that grew up surrounded by all kinds of excesses and does not pay much attention to them?
But there are no such thing as too many books - this is true at all times!