Dumpster Diving Eighner

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Eighner chooses to dive into dumpsters not because he needs the material items he finds, but rather because he does not. In the conclusion of his essay “On Dumpster Diving,” Eighner makes it clear that he believes excess material objects are unnecessary and that they do more harm than good for a person, and this is true. Eighner accurately describes how having large amounts of material goods does nothing to improve the well-being or morality of the human race because holding onto physical possessions leads to the development of bad habits and traits within society.
Having more material possessions makes people less grateful for what they have and more likely to be wasteful. In his essay, Eighner describes how college students “throw out many good things, including food.” Because the students are accustomed to having so many material possessions, they do not think twice before throwing a portion of it into the dumpster. On the other hand, Eighner thinks of himself as very non-materialistic, so he only takes what he needs and is not wasteful because he does not have many remains or unused items to throw away. It might not seem
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During the 1920s, the middle-class in America embodied Eighner’s description of the “rat-race millions” who were constantly racing to get more material goods. From radios, to the newest appliances, to Henry Ford’s automobiles, the people in the middle-class wanted more and more money to purchase these items, so they turned to the stock market (Garraty 426). The materialistic greed within Americans led them to recklessly buy thousands of stocks in hopes securing more money, but the greed they had brought about the stock market crash which led America and the rest of the industrialized world straight into the Great Depression. The poverty and the suffering that came along with the economic depression showed how harmful greed and materialism can
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