We live in a material world
No introduction at present. Why not write one?
people generally judge you based on material owned
THIS IS ALL BETRAYING HUMAN NATURE OF COURSE
GOD CREATED US IN ALL DIFERENT SIZES AND THIS IS JUST ALTERING THE CREATIONS OF THE UNIVERSE!!
Family is far more important. Which would you rather have? An iPod or family and friends. What is facebook without friends?
When 911 happened, people found out really fast how important family was as opposed to material goods. The first thing everyone wanted to do regardless if they were directly affected or not was to what...... get home to their families. Material items meant absolutely positively nothing.
and what is family without food/water/clothing? naked and dead?
what would you rather have naked dead family or food/water/clothing?
poverty or family
I'd rather be poor and have nothing than lose my family,
having nothing is better then being dead
being poor is not equivalent to having nothing; being dead is.
material gain is not the end in itself
Many people hoard material possessions, but there is always a goal other than just having the possessions: they are a status symbol, they make people feel secure, they are to satisfy an addiction, they are to attract a mate etc. If the stimulus that made them feel better was something non-material they would obsessively try and hoard that too.
But as you've pointed out it is the only important means to any desirable end. Class/status is bought. Food/clothing is bought.
Longevity/health is bought(in socialism the government buys it for the people, otherwise people buy it for themselves: either way, it's bought).
What do you think?