Friday, February 27, 2009

Material girl.

Have you ever sat down and thought of all your goals in life? To those of you who have, how many of your goals are in any way related to anything materialistic? 

A very interesting notion made by Paulo Coelho is that although everyone has dreams, he argues that these dreams have been manipulated in some form. Coelho believes that we live in a materialistic world, and that the true values of which the majority of people aim to pursue are fame, wealth, and power. We have been manipulated by such a materialistic world to replace our simpler and more valuable dreams to aim for what culture today defines as success. 

In his latest book, The Winner Stands Alone, Coelho delivers the theme that in today's world, being a "winner" is directly tied to being rich and famous. But what about real happiness? What about self-satisfaction with disregard to society?

An intriguingly true notion also discussed in this book is the fact that possession is addictive. Once you think you attained a goal, "desire creeps right back in". In other words, once you get what you want, you are never satisfied. You go back and crave more and more. 

But a question we should ask ourselves: who manipulates us? Who are the driving forces behind such fake values that we are all trapped in? 

The book The Winner Stands Alone discusses this trap.

Sounds interesting non?? The book will be out this month! Looks like a good read xx

To those wanting a jump start, the first nine chapters are available in the facebook group "The Winner Stands Alone", posted by the author himself.



thirty1seven said...

Cool! True..wanna know more now, ill jump-start on the reading..

Thx, N.

Salama said...

WOW! This book seems like it talks about everything I believe in.

Pursuing your happiness with disregard to society. As long as you believe its the right thing <3

nyxxie said...

desire has a way of creeping back in that same minute i definitely agree

WildCard said...

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thanks a lot lovelies :) xx

- F said...

I LOVE PAULO COELHO <3 His books are more than ah-ma-zing! I should totally get this book ;)

Luxurina said...

I should get this book for my