Status is associated with material things which are sort of a measure of how successful people are. I would also say that status is associated with power since it gives the person some kind of benefit in interaction with other people. The person lacking status will tend to admire persons with the status which can give the persons with status an advantage in the society.
Status can be inherited or come with a high profession where the salaries are really high which enables people to buy expensive things like expensive clothing, the newest technology, and expensive cars. I guess something is given the mark of status when others cannot obtain that very thing. Status differentiates a person from another by classifying them into separate groups saying that one person is more “successful” than the other person.
People tend to go very far in order to get status and some will do anything on their journey for obtaining their desired status. In Norway where I live the debt ratios are really high because people want to look richer than they really are. They take huge consumer loans with high interests and finance their principals with taking another consumer loan and in that way they are making the spiral going. There is even a TV program in Norway called Luksusfellen meaning the luxury trap where two economists help people where this way of financing their spendings has gone too far because they cannot get more loan to finance their spendings.
Why are we so eager to have status?
I think that the answer to this is because it gives some of us a feeling of temporary satisfaction and they need to show the rest of the world how successful they are. The social media is full of people trying to show how fit they are, their newest smart TV etc and of course how happy they are. I would say that the social media sells a picture of the reality that is fake. It contributes to a huge pressure because you will compare yourself to the persons that you see on the social media which actually can lead to depression if you don’t make it. It is almost expected of you that you have at least one master degree, that you have traveled the world, that you have a super fit body, that you have successful kids and that you earn a high salary.
When you achieve a certain level of these things you will always strive for more of it and the social media pinpoints the level and if you don’t make it you are a failure…I am a huge fan of the social media and I spend a lot of time there. It is a very convenient way of keeping in touch with my friends and a wonderful tool for me as a blogger to be able to promote my blog. However, I see the warning signs from too much use of the social media. It gives us a wrong picture of what is important.
So my question is; is status really that important? I would say no because you cannot bring with you anything of the status associated things when you leave this planet. I would rather say that what is important is what you contribute to this world and your happy faces on the social media don’t make the world a better place. Life has a bigger purpose than only achieving more level of success by obtaining more status. I have often been wondering why am I here and why was I created. Regardless of whether you have a religion or not, I don’t think that the humanity was placed on the planet just for showing off how successful they are and living a life of selfishness.
What is really important is how you can be a resource for other people. I want my reputation to be a humble person that cared for others because this is way more important than the ability to showing off in an expensive Tesla. I want to live a life where I can mean something to others by inspiring them and listen to people that face difficulties. Life has not always treated me well but I want to use my experiences both bad and good to mean something for other people that are facing problems and hard times. This is the status for me because success for me is helping others to also succeed.
People are often asking me why I care for other bloggers and why I start projects like BMG and the simple answer to this is that I want to see people succeed. I want to see people on WordPress obtaining more readers because every person has a different message and we can all learn from one another and grow together by developing. I don’t want my blog to be a way of getting rich rather a place where I can live out what I believe to be the real mission in life – namely making a difference in others life because that is what is important.