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Materialism in Today’s Society
In today’s society, materialism takes part in every person’s life, no matter what social
class they are. The idea of being materialistic can be considered immoral, but there is a fine
line between morality and personal interests. It is safe to say that everybody is materialistic
to a certain extent, whether it be from buying the same brand of jeans because they fit nice, to
purchasing a wide variety of hot rods. It is obvious that the latter of the two is the one which
can be considered to cross the line. Buying some nice clothes here and there is normal for
people and everybody does it once in a while. While on the other hand, buying 5 or 6 sports
cars can be considered somewhat pretentious. There are many factors that go into a person
being immoral based on the materials that they have. Greed and excessive luxuries are what
can determine the immorality of a person.
Growing up in a fairly affluent community, it was easy to distinguish the differences
amongst different social classes and the way which they present themselves in the
community. Although most of the people in my town were for the most part financially
secure, the way they presented themselves was wholesome to say the least. Everybody is
very cordial and does not flaunt their material possessions. The few members of the
community that were not so rounded stood out like sore thumbs. Many of these heathens
would take advantage of their place in the financial hierarchy in the town. It is one thing for
a somebody to be wealthy, but it is immoral for this wealthy person to claim that they live on
a “farm” just so they can get tax cuts on their one hundred acre property. This is a perfect
example of when people take advantage of the money they have, when in reality they “farm”
that they live on only has one or two chickens. This is how people of great wealth become
greedy. T...

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