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What's really worrisome is just how convinced most people are that 'that' is how you need to live and survive. Some people are so totally fixated on needing to have a hot car, big house, huge finances that there is simply no convincing them there's a better way.
If having more no longer satisfies us, perhaps we’ve reached ‘peak stuff’
Real men don’t eat quiche. Real economists don’t ask questions about happiness. The economy pumps out goods and services, all of which create jobs and incomes. There is no value judgment in such a statement, no view of what constitutes the good life. Even to invite such a question of an economist is to risk ridicule. The task of economists – a value-free quasi-science – is to make sure that as little as possible gets in the way of turning inputs into more outputs.
originally posted by: MagnaCarta2015
I'm not sure the problem is materialism itself, maybe more that self esteem has become so systematically chipped away that people seek self validation through the accumulation of material things and forgo endeavours that are much deeper and more rewarding as a result.