Meaning of life isn’t in material things

first_imgOnce again, I’ve enjoyed Peter Looker’s Jan. 22 socioeconomic analysis in The Gazette Opinion section. Allow me to add a few observations.  Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Sadly, it seems that advertisements for things we don’t really need continue to control our sense of well being and have blinded many of us to the conditions of those less fortunate.Maybe cutting that cord to networks controlled by Madison Avenue will help turn things around and our children and grandchildren will learn that rather than greed and excess, contentment is the key to happiness.Perhaps it’s due to the fact that I’m in the downsizing phase of my life that I can look back with nostalgia at a time when basic necessities were appreciated and keeping up with the Joneses (or Trumps and Kardashians) wasn’t a national obsession. Helping others while cherishing family and friends may be old fashioned, but I sincerely hope they haven’t permanently gone out of style.Virginia NewtonBurnt HillsMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?last_img read more