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  •  Conspicuous consumption and culture (6+ / 0-)

    When I was a kid, conspicuous consumption was considered a character flaw. Now it is considered a right and an expression of individuality. Government and business together worked hard to make this change, to convince Americans that it was not only okay to buy stuff you couldn't afford, that to want something is to need it.

    •  While I happen to think that the (5+ / 0-)

      ownership of things (even people) has been used as a sop to disguise that natural/human rights can be and are disregarded with impunity, I also think that the things people make, especially with their hands, have to be appreciated and acquired by those who are "all thumbs" to encourage the creative to continue to create. We are all material creatures and the emphasis we give to material things is not necessarily materialistic.  That is, we don't have to value things more than people.
      For that matter, since money is a figment of the imagination, the love of money, or lucrephilia, is actually a commitment of the spirit, albeit not to a higher spirit or deity.  Worshiping an icon is decried because it implies the denigration of the human being.
      There's a reason people who are now neo conservatives used to inveigh against "humanism." They don't like their fellow man, unless he can be made to do their bidding, like a beast of burden or a machine.

      Willard's forte = "catch 'n' cage"

      by hannah on Tue Jul 24, 2012 at 05:44:04 AM PDT

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