Life is not about extremes. You need to have a little of everything to behappy and peaceful.
Siddharta is a book that shows every type of peoplethere can be. You see how un-happy everybody can be if they don’t followtheir heart, Being spiritual helps peoples soul and having nice materialthings help there appearance. There is noting bad with looking nice. Ifsomeone looks good it doesn’t mean they’re a snob or anything like that youcan’t judge a book by its cover.There are some people in the world that only care about what others think.
They dress according to what others think, like and talk like the peoplethat surround them. A clear example of this is Siddharta becoming someonethat everybody likes, not what he really is. He didn’t like himself andbecame bored of his life. When he went to the river and lived the way heliked he was happy. The happiest way to live is being you.Others live in a spiritual world, deprived from the “real” world. Theyloose connection from everybody and everything.
Govinda in the book, choosethis path thinking that this was the way to find inner peace. All throughthe book Govinda is never satisfied with his life, even after following theBuddha’s path. People that have this life style are sometimes satisfiedwith life, but mostly there not.
They see things one way and don’t opentheir mind to see and learn new things.There is a balance between the two things. You can be spiritual and stillown and like your material positions, there is nothing wrong with it. Themiddle point is to be at peace with you and to have luxuries that you likeand not worry so much about what others like. There is no need to choose aside, every person in the world can choose how much of what makes themhappy and at peace. The best example in a character from Siddharta is theferryman.
He is happy living in a hut and with his boat, nothing troubleshim. He was kind enough to let Siddharta live with him. He is at peace andis happy. Happiness can be the most important thing in life.Doing what each of us like is the path to happiness.
Many people around theworld are not satisfied with their lives and won’t be until they followtheir instincts. The book Siddharta is and example of someone that searchesfor his inner peace and gains it when he does what he loves and likes.There is no right path that everyone can follow; everyone needs to followhis or her own paths.