http://www.cracked.com/article_19376...feature_moduleWell, you don't have to look very hard to find a study saying that materialism has a devastating toll on the happiness fund as well as the bank account. While we have an entire economic system and popular culture built to cater to it, science says that endless pursuit of stuff leads to decreased life satisfaction, decreased happiness, depression, paranoia and narcissism. Holy shit!
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I've heard this a dozen times, from dozens of good authors, there are even some capitalist and libertarian authors who at least theoretically object to materialism as strongly as their opposite numbers.
The thing is that no matter how many studies I read indicating that there is no correlation between materialism and happiness I cant account for materialism emerging as the dominant cultural paradigm unless people believe that it is synonymous with happiness regardless of the evidence or research or theory.
How does that happen? Is it just the cultural equivalent of being an reconstructed crack addict, knowing that you're doing yourself and others no good but being unable to live any other way?