Try to meditate and pray and start to recognize that you are not the superficial traits that society assigns to you. You don’t have to play the game of “Whoever ends up with the most “toys” wins. You have your own life to live. If you spend your poresent moments reading about billionaire and how much you wish you would be one, then you are creating your own suffering.
Much of the success of your endeavor in this matter would be to stop comparing yourself with the outside world. Much of those thoughts are brought into your mind by the main stream media via sources like the Internet and television and print magazines that you allow yourself to watch. So try to avoid “surfing the Internet”. Evidence shows that passively watching and reading media outlets cause mild depression. This is because the media outlets love to showcase celebrities and try to lionize and build up people who have money and power.
By your watching and reading about all this print, your ordinary income and your place you live at and your possessions start to feel stale. Society now has you in its grasp. It now wants you to work harder for more money to buy their products and generate sales so the richest owners can become even richer.
You are not your money, status, appearance, education, etc. Try to see in yourself a quiet mind free of superficial desires and superficial appearance and superficial possessions. Know that you are an eternal soul of love, kindness, and compassion having to gain certain lessons in this life. Society will try to convince you otherwise, and the more you buy into what society asserts, the more that you will endure tremendous pain. Society gives you your attachments.
From birth, society will tell you that to embrace ambition, “let me get mine before everyone else gets his”. Society will try to convince you that if you have something that someone else does not have, then you are somehow better than them and you should feel happier as a result. And likewise if someone has something that you do not have, and Society has made you desire it, then your sadness was unfortunately your own choice.
Take for example a prestigious university. If everyone could get into it, then suddenly the fascination and appeal disappears. Society wants to makes many things “prestigious” so you will do its bidding. Society is just using you as a soldier to do its work in order that it can accomplish its own ends…usually and namely more money and power for those at the top levels. In order to build a great monument like a pyramid or castle, society will say that anyone working on this incredible structure is doing the bidding of a god, the Emperor, the King, etc. Nothing can be more absurd. People will sign up and sacrifice their lives for this privilege, when they can be infinitely happier living their lives for themselves.
The larger society does not care about you, it only cares for itself and like a cancer that grows and destroys everything around it. Its ability to get profound things made and done, at your expense is just incredible. What is one life to the Great Society anyways? It uses you like a mule and then when you are useless, it will toss you out into the street. Why is it that in modern society an old person is considered useless? Why do people try to cover up their grey hairs and get so many useless plastic surgeries? The reason why is because the things that Society holds dear are young people who are hardworking and value and cherish money and power. They then work hard for Society and pay a lot of taxes and generate products and profits for the people in charge (who have the most gold) They value efficiency, people who are obsessive and compulsive about details, and therefore a big building gets built or a giant factory is running.