Materialism

Topics: Need, Want, Food Pages: 1 (260 words) Published: February 23, 2013
Speech about room 101

Today I am going to talk about the worst nightmare of today’s society- which is materialism (i.e. the desire to consume more and more) - to have what you want not what you need. This greed of wanting more is what has made the society largely materialistic. Nowadays the size of your income is the point that defines you and happiness is the latest iPod. Think about what makes you happy- is it having the latest iPhone or your friends because come to think of it, who are you going to talk to on your iPhone if you have no friends? On top of that although money can improve a man’s life it has more consequences than benefits like: * Debt

* Relationship problems
And inter class prejudice. It is not surprising that recent study has shown that every 3.6 seconds someone dies of hunger and three-fourths of these deaths are children under 5 years of age. Over 31 million Americans must rely on emergency food sources or go hungry and 40% of these are children. We could provide basic nutrition and health care for all people in developing countries by spending $13 billion more each year-that's $4 billion less than what Americans and Europeans spend on pet food. This just comes back to the point that so many people get so hung up on what they can't have that they don't think for a second about whether they really want it. Also materialism creates greed which leads to jealousy, hatred and finally crime.
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