Eighteen-year-old SAM POOLE goes to Highbury College and lives at Eastney, Portsmouth. Follow him on Twitter @shjpoole.
We’re all happy robots chasing false needs’ – those are words written by theorist Herbert Marcuse, who died more than 30 years ago.
This phrase has always been something that has made me think.
Some would agree with it, but others would argue that he is wrong.
The statement has no right or wrong answer, therefore it leads us into discussion.
I believe it suggests that our identity is false and that we have allowed the things we buy to satisfy what we perceive as needs.
At times, we may find ourselves craving the latest products in order to make us feel better.
It seems as if we’re lost in a world of consumerism and are unaware of how to escape from it.
Maybe we’re so used to fulfilling an area we don’t really need, we’re now stuck and don’t know how to get out. Possibly, the needs we wish to fill aren’t false, thus we continue to chase products we aspire to have. Who knows?
Nevertheless, many of us are aiming to satisfy something in our lives.
With me, it’s technology.
Everything about it captivates me and I especially love gadgets. From the latest iPhone to a tablet or watch, anything with a battery and screen entices me.
I’m always on the look-out for what is coming out and crave to have that myself.
When the iPad mini went on sale, I wanted it immediately.
I knew I wouldn’t settle if I didn’t buy it for myself.
Each time I saw one, I was finding reasons why it would benefit me.
As a result, I bought one and still use it today.
I guess the big question is; did I really need it?
Possibly not, as I’d be fine without one. Although, at the time, I did feel that I had a genuine need.
As I reflect back, I think that the product I bought does benefit me today, but my attitude at the time was focused on nothing but getting it.
There are times when we do buy things we really don’t need.
But we should stop to think that there are people out there with humanitarian needs.
They have so little in comparison to what we have. So I believe we should think over the things we buy to fulfil a need.
There isn’t anything wrong in buying things knowing we can survive without them.
But also take the time to remember there are others who are a lot less fortunate.