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Managing Materialism and Carnality The acquisition of material has been equated with happiness in this country The majority of Americans believe that wealth and happiness are the same It is a result of our market economy that encourages consumption and conditions us to think that we need material possessions to be happy Our materialistic attitudes are a result of the free market economy in this country Consumers are taught that they need to have all the things that the businesses are trying to sell It is 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 us on the wrong path -- the path to a selfish unhappy society Everyone strive to fit in with society A majority of teenagers are fearful of being different from the people around them It is only human to judge someone by appearance therefore teenagers become materialistic They feel that in order to fit in they need to be competitive in fashion and so on For instance a person would not buy a shirt that cost 10 dollars at Target but in turn buy an exact shirt at Guess for 100 dollars They are not truly buying the shirt they are purchasing the brand name Is it necessary for all the desires Instead of wanting people should appreciate what they have There is so much that people want and can not have but the things they do have are neglected People are too busy with their appetite for things to see reality They are blinded with ads of beautiful models in brand name clothing which draws them to believe they can get the same look and attention if they wear that brand These wants becomes needs and soon dominates a persons mind to materialism There are people who do not have a shirt to cover their bodies from the
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