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Consumerism & Extreme Materialism

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Eric Buell

on 17 November 2015

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Transcript of Consumerism & Extreme Materialism

Approximately, how many things do you own?
Name five specific items.
Why are these things important? What do you use them for?
Are these items necessities in your life? Why or why not?
What do you think the total value of your possessions are?
Does what you own or how you spend your money influence your character, the kind of person you are?
TEMPERANCE AND PRUDENCE CASE STUDY:
MATERIALISM & CONSUMERISM
How much food do you think you waste or throw away each week?
What consumerist society wants you to think...
SPENDING $$ & BUYING PRODUCTS = HAPPINESS
MORE STUFF = HAPPINESS
Is being a consumer a bad action?
Is this desire for more stuff a bad desire?
Can spending money a moral/immoral action?
Consider the following...
925 million people do not have enough to eat today; that is 1 in 7 people!
65 % of these people live in the following countries - India, China, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Pakistan and Ethiopia.
"American families throw out approximately 25% of the food and beverages they buy,"
20 pounds of food is wasted each month for each of 311 million Americans.
WFP and UNAIDS project that it will cost on average US $0.70 cents per day to nutritionally support an AIDS patient and his/her family.
That's $255.00 a year!
THINGS THAT COST $250
24 Movie Tickets
I Pod Touch
170 Cans of Coke
50 % of an I Pad
I Phone 5 @ Verizon
50 % of this D&G dress
Because in the US we have...
Source: World Food Program; National Resources Defense Council.
Are we intemperate/incontinent? Is this prudent?
Are we selfish/greedy?
What are these companies selling us anyway?
Is it a product?
Is it an image?
Consider the following...
What kind of image is this selling?
Your money supports these images!
WHO ARE YOU WITHOUT WHAT YOU OWN?
WHAT CAN WE DO?
TWO KINDS OF LINES:
http://techcrunch.com/2012/09/21/tales-from-the-front-of-the-iphone-5-line-stick-it-in-my-veins/
http://mashable.com/2012/09/21/iphone-5-line-photos/
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