Compare And Contrast Materialism And Greed

As defined by dictionary.com, materialistic is being “excessively concerned with physical comforts or the acquisition of wealth and material possessions, rather than with spiritual, intellectual, or cultural values” (Harper). It embeds itself deep within American lives, making them depended on it as if it was an addiction. Many people will define themselves as materialistic or non-materialistic, however, whether they want to admit it or not, All Americans are. Being materialistic is nearly impossible to run from it due to the technologies that are embedded within American lives and the dependency that people have grown to acquire. Society has made it impossible to get rid of, and to the point where it becomes completely natural. To be in …show more content…
There is no true way to strip away all the extra technologies and properties that people keep. Being materialistic isn’t always bad, but is usually is never good. Although greed is a synonym of materialistic it is more of a step by step process, first comes materialism and then greed. However, since there is really no way to run from materialism due to the society we live in today, can people really be blamed for being materialistic or even greedy? The market, especially influences everything. For example, a new generation of I phones come out that are bigger and better; the very first thing that everyone wants to do is to go out and buy them. At first it seems great, but then when another new and improved I phone comes out the process begins all over again. But since people are greatly affected by their environment, they have been influenced by these things their whole life. Adolf Hitler once said, “Give me a child till he is seven, and he’ll be mine forever.” (Dixon) Hitler meant that children are very influential in their early developmental years and can be influenced into thinking what is right and wrong, and may influence what views they may carry when they are older. Just the same in the market. Growing up there are advertisements and the influence of our parents that direct us in this process. In conclusion, although Americans are excessively materialistic, can they truly be blamed for their actions? With

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