Materialism And Its Effects On The United States

1559 WordsSep 14, 20157 Pages
WP 1 Materialism, although commonly seen as a harmful characteristic, has the potential to be a beneficial one. The desire for a vast number of possessions has often been tied to the wealthy; however, both wealthy and poor alike have materialistic tendencies and thus, everyone has the potential to live unsustainably. Being materialistic is not what classifies a person as sustainable or unsustainable, it is what that person pursues with their tendencies that does so. If someone wanted to purchase a new vehicle, it would be unsustainable for them to purchase a Bentley or a G-Wagen while there are alternative, energy saving models like a Tesla or Prius. The trend that 's beginning to take hold in the United States is that the more material things that are owned, the more successful one will be perceived as. This influx in material objects is not only the wrong way to measure success, but it is also the opposite of living sustainably. Although it is the rich who are often targeted for living unsustainably, the poor also have an equal part to blame in the matter. Today, living extravagant and expensive lives is a goal sought by many, and the only way to change that goal is to redefine the definition of success into something more meaningful. Living sustainably does not mean having to remove all materialism from life, it simply means making small changes in day to day life that encourage less wasteful tendencies. Both for the rich and the poor, materialism is the driving force
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