Essay On American Materialism

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The modern day plague of materialism and over consumption is straining our personal lives and families, eroding our communities, and destroying the environment. brought on by the impact of media, it affects all aspects of your life, buying habits even who you vote for. According to the movie about Affluenza, materialism is a tendency to consider material possessions and physical comfort as more important than any spiritual values. Also according to google research the word materialism has been used in modern times to refer to was a family of metaphysical theories, “that can be best defined by saying that a theory tends to be called materialist if it is felt sufficiently to resemble a paradigmatic theory that will have be called mechanical materialism” ( Encycloped Britannica materialism philosophy). Materialism often carries negative idea and is frequently applied to people who believe buying things or owning wealth will make them
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“They have undermined any personal responsibility by claiming that thought is dictated biologically and by environment. A materialistic society can be especially effective if it is a governmental tenet as well” according to the movie (Affluenza). The American materialism began over two hundred years ago. “Growing as the grassy weeds do among the early shoots of wheat. Just as months must pass before one can clearly see the fruitful difference between the two, so many decades of US history separate that nation’s causes of wealth from its enjoyment of it” ( Chapter 2 of what is materialism). “Materialism can take a toll on your well-being, relationships and quality of life. “Compared with their grandparents, today’s young adults have grown up with much more affluence, slightly less happiness and much greater risk of depression and assorted social pathology,” David G. Myers, author of The American Paradox” (
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