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MATERIALISM AND HAPPINESS IN AMERICA THE GATSBY ERA AND TODAY Materialism attention to or emphasis on material objects needs or considerations with a disinterest in or rejection of spiritual values The acquisition of material has been equated with happiness in this country This is true today and it was true during the 1920s the setting of FScott Fitzgeralds The Great Gatsby That the majority of Americans believe that wealth and happiness are the same is a result of our marketeconomy that encourages consumption and conditions us to think that we need material possessions to be happy According to Andrew BardSchmookler Wealth and human fulfillment have become equated in the predominant ideology of liberal society even though the great spiritualteachers of humanity have all taught otherwise 17 What happened to Gatsbys generation The 20s was an age of a consumption ethic that was needed to provide markets for the newcommodities that streamed from the production lines Cowley 53 The same problem exists today our materialistic attitudes are a result ofthe freemarket economy in this country Consumers are taught that they need to have all these things that the businesses are trying to sell Its true that this desire for things is what drives our economy The free market has given us great blessings but it has in some ways also put uson the wrong path -- the path to a selfish unhappy society Michael Lerner who worked as a psychotherapist to middle-income Americansnotes that The problem is that the deprivation of meaning is a social problem rooted in part in the dynamics of the competitive marketplace in part in the materialism and selfishness that receive social sanction many Americans hunger for a different kind of society -- one based on principles of caring ethical and spiritual sensitivity Their need for meaning is just as intense as their need for economic security Jay Gatsby had all the trappings of wealth a
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