What are the results of worldly desires and material wealth?Something related to "The Lottery Ticket" by Anton Chekhov.

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readerofbooks eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Great question and this is something that is very important in our day and age when people tend towards materialism. Most people believe that worldly accomplishments and wealth bring happiness and satisfaction. However, these things may do nothing of the sort. There are many people who have wealth and "made it" from a point of view of the world, but they are still longing for something else. There is an emptiness.

I liken this feeling of emptiness to an addiction. An addict is never satisfied with what he or she has. They always need more and more. And when they get more, they want more? You will never hear an addict say, "now I am content." Therefore, the problem with wealth is that no amount wealth is never enough. I suspect that this is because wealth is tied to pride and pride is necessarily competitive. In other words, pride/wealth compares itself with others. Pride says, I want more than him or her. When we connect this back to wealth, there will always be someone richer.