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Is America The Most Materialistic Society In The History Of The World?

When it comes to materialism, has any nation ever surpassed what we are seeing in the United States right now?  We define our lives by how much stuff we have, to a large degree our personal and business relationships are defined by how much money we make, and even most of the important dates on our calendar are all about materialism.  Just think about it.  We throw outrageous birthday parties for our kids and we shower them with gifts.  Most of our “holidays” have become highly materialistic, and the biggest holiday of all in our society, Christmas, is an absolute orgy of materialism.  We make lists of the “wealthiest Americans” and we glorify their achievements.  We spend most of our time either making money or spending it.  Even the phrase “the American Dream” reveals how materialistic we are.  When most people are asked what “the American Dream” is, they start talking about a house, a car, vacations, retirement, sending your kids to college, etc.  The American Dream has become all about money and stuff.  Sadly, no matter how big our homes are and no matter how many shiny new toys we accumulate, we never seem to be happy.  We always want more, and we always seem to be willing to go into more debt to get it.  We are the most materialistic society in the history of the world, and our endless greed is going to end up swallowing us alive.

When it comes to materialism in America, there are outrageous examples all around us, but one of my favorite examples is the “Rich Kids of Instagram“.  It is a Tumblr blog of photos from Instagram of young Americans showing off how they are enjoying the vast wealth of their parents.  The following is how the Washington Post describes the blog….

The controversial new Tumblr is a collection of snapshots from the photo-sharing site that depicts the children of wealth and privilege — summering in the Hamptons, lounging on yachts and posing by their luxury cars.

One does a back-flip out of a helicopter near St. Tropez. Others snap pictures of their restaurant bills — allegedly paying thousands of dollars for lobster, champagne and high-end liquor.

In the warm patina of the Instagram, the youngsters appear to be living over-the-top lifestyles — and enjoying every moment.

“Our everyday is better than your best day,” reads one caption, a bit tauntingly. And, “Do you have a horse in your backyard? Didn’t think so.”

But just because you have a horse on your property does that make your life better than the rest of our lives?

Of course not.

Wealth does not equal happiness.

Unfortunately, however, most Americans have totally bought into this lie.

Most Americans believe that more money equals a better life.

In response to “the Rich Kids of Instagram”, the Huffington Post recently put together a piece entitled “the Rich Cats of Instagram” that features photos of cats as they “model upscale accessories, lounge with bottles of champagne, sail on yachts and ponder life while relaxing atop piles of money.”

Of course a lot of those pictures are quite funny, but they also reveal a deep truth about our society.

We have spent our lives chasing after the almighty dollar thinking that it will make us happy.  Study after study has shown that we tend to link wealth and happiness.  The following is from a recent NBC News article about one of those studies….

Many parents already know older children can be materialistic. Some tweens not only want the latest games and clothes, but also think owning these things will bring them happiness, friends and popularity. And marketers are eager to get them to buy: Tweens spend $28 billion a year, not including the more than $200 billion their parents spend on them, according to market research company C+R Research.

But even though we have an incredibly high standard of living compared to most of the rest of the world, are most of us actually happy?

No way.  In fact, Americans take more anti-depressants than anyone else on the planet.

It is really easy to get caught up in materialism though.  Let me share an example from my own life.

Several months ago our old truck completely died.  Instead of pouring thousands of more dollars into fixing it, we decided that we would get another used truck.

So the other day I stopped by a dealership while my wife was grabbing some things from Home Depot.  The salesperson started showing me some of the used trucks on the lot, but after a while I suggested that he show me some of the new trucks that were sitting on the other side of the lot.

Before I knew it, I was sitting in the most expensive truck on the lot and he was showing me all of the cool features it had.

And I have to admit – for a few moments there I was really enamored with that truck.  It was the coolest truck that I had ever seen in my life.

Of course my wife and I don’t need a truck like that.  We only need to haul stuff around a few times a month.  And we certainly do not need the amount of debt that it would take to buy such a truck.

But for a few moments there I really wanted it.  The pull of materialism can be very strong.

So would that truck have “changed my life” or brought me lasting happiness?

Of course not.

It would have brought some thrills for the first couple of days, but after a while it would just be sitting in the garage taking up space just like any other truck would.

So did I end up buying a truck?

Not yet.  But we need one soon.  My wife has been without a truck for quite a few months now and she is getting impatient.

But whether we get a nice used truck or a used truck that has one foot in the grave, it really isn’t going to change our lives much.

In the end, our lives should not be defined by what we own or by how much money we have in the bank.

But how do we refer to ourselves in this day and age?

The American people are called “consumers” and the truth is that we consume far more than anyone else on the globe does.

Just look at our eating habits.  Of all the major industrialized nations, America is the most obese.

The next time you go into a store, take note of how many people are overweight.

It has not always been this way.  Back in 1962, only 13 percent of all Americans were obese.

But now overeating is a national sport.  At this point, approximately 36 percent of all Americans are obese, and it is being projected that number will rise to 42 percent by 2030.

While we are gorging ourselves with food, what else do we like to do?

That’s right – we love to watch television.  In fact, the average American watches 28 hours of television every single week.

We have become completely and totally addicted to entertainment, and we have become trained to be constantly “plugged in” to something.

Our lives have become all about constantly feeding our greed and our selfishness.  In fact, that is a major reason for the breakdown of the family in America.  We tend to view marriage as a temporary condition that can be quickly discarded when it no longer makes us happy.

Sadly, the United States has the highest divorce rate in the world by a very wide margin at this point.

In addition, more Americans than ever are putting off marriage these days.  Young Americans are being told that “an education” and “a career” are more important.  According to the Pew Research Center, only 51 percent of all American adults are currently married.  Back in 1960, 72 percent of all adults in America were married.

As a result of these factors, we are an incredibly lonely nation.  Today, the United States has the highest percentage of one person households on the entire globe.

In order to fill the void, the American people turn to things that will numb the pain.  American use more legal drugs than anyone else on the planet and they also use more illegal drugs than anyone else on the planet.

We have more “stuff” than any other society in the history of the world has ever had, but it has not made us happy.

And how did we pay for all of this?

We paid for a lot of this with debt.  In fact, we have accumulated the biggest mountain of debt in the history of the world.

During my lifetime, the debt of the U.S. government has gotten more than 30 times larger.  For much more on this, please see my previous article entitled “27 Things That Every American Should Know About The National Debt“.

But the federal government is not the only one with a debt problem.  The truth is that our entire society is absolutely drowning in debt.

Over the past 50 years, the total amount of debt in the U.S. has grown from less than a trillion dollars to nearly 55 trillion dollars….

We have used massive amounts of debt in an attempt to feed our endless greed and materialism and we have gotten ourselves into a whole lot of trouble.

This is one of the reasons why I write.  I want people to understand how bad things have really gotten.

Thanks to our foolishness, our economy has been declining, it is going to continue to decline, and a massive economic collapse is coming.

Some people believe that this is a message of “doom and gloom”, but that is not the case at all.

Sticking our heads in the sand and pretending that somehow everything is going to be just fine is not going to do anyone any good.

Instead, I believe that warning people about the coming economic collapse is a message of hope.

There is hope in understanding what is happening, developing a plan to deal with it, and preparing yourself and your family for the storm that is coming.

It is the people that are ignoring all of the warnings that are going to be in real trouble.

Millions upon millions of people will be absolutely blindsided by what is coming.  Many will give in to total despair once they realize that their prosperity is gone and they have done nothing to prepare for what they are now facing.

My hope is that the information that I write about will be shocking enough that it will wake people up and motivate them to get prepared so that they can handle the incredibly challenging years that are ahead.

And the truth is that our lives should not be about our money and our stuff anyway.

Your possessions are just temporary.  None of them are going to last forever and you certainly cannot take them with you when you die.

Even though our economy has had some rough times, we still have a higher standard of living than 99 percent of the humans that have ever lived on this planet have had.

You would think that would be enough for us.

But it isn’t.  We have hoarded our wealth and we have lived in luxury and self-indulgence.

When our debt-fueled prosperity disappears, most Americans are not going to know how to handle it.

Most Americans will believe that their lives are “over” at that point.

But those that are not caught up in materialism and that have prepared for what is ahead will understand that the next chapters of their lives can be the greatest chapters of all.

  • Paula New Zealand

    In a word YES

    And that is ‘THE’ problem

    MAMMON has become the god

    • Alvin

      Yep, no doubt in my mind that God is judging the USA and what better way than to take away the things it most lusts for.

  • usa

    you should also mention about the current trade deficit…america is the worlds biggest importer and that just shows the laziness of people here

    • nowwthen

      Wow! Try to keep up for cryin’ out loud!

    • daveys

      Incredible. Lazy? How about blaming the venture capitalists who bought the companies, fired the workers, stole the pensions, and move the manufacturing jobs overseas, in order to avoid regulation, taxes, and to make money. Now THAT’S where the problem is, not lazy people, you ****************.

  • markthetruth

    where past materialism , now we pay for virtualism!!!!!!!!!!!

    the end.

  • Kevin2

    Do Americans worship money? Well, “In God We Trust” is on the currency. Seriously the quest for more is both our asset and liability.

    • ScoutMotto

      I’ve often thought the paper money should read “In THIS god we trust.”

  • Rodster

    Nice article, Michael. This probably would have been more appropriate on the endoftheamericandream.com ;)

  • K

    Is the U.S. the most materialistic society ever? No, we are in a tie with ancient Rome. We know how that turned out.

  • Pedro

    Young souls, you described very well a young souls society, Stankov universal law.com.

  • http://www.confederatecolonel.com/ Stephen Clay McGehee

    I took a look at that “Rich Kids of Instagram” site. Proof-positive that money cannot buy class. I have dear friends who mow lawns for a living who have more class in their little finger than those spoiled brats will ever have. Those kids are like cheap Easter bunny chocolates – wrapped in pretty gold foil but hollow on the inside. They are not to be envied for their wealth, but pitied for their emptiness.

    • Michael

      Great comment Stephen.

      Michael

    • Dezmo

      Indeed, nobility and honor have nothing to do with wealth. I’ve seen more stupid rich people who gotten there because of external causes (be it of inheritance, political connections, or others) here in this under-developed country like Indonesia, and at the same time seeing many brilliant minds be sidelined because their inability to obtain “sponsors”. Thus I know by heart when Stephen said “money cannot buy class”.

  • Paula New Zealand

    In other words
    The people believed the LIE.
    And the majority of churches have preached it, if you check the New Testament it says this is what the false apostles, and false teachers, and false pastors will teach, that ‘GAIN is godliness’.
    They are doing the work of their father the devil, in Gods name.
    Congratulations Michael on actually preaching the TRUTH.

    • liberranter

      There are few perversions of Christianity more nauseating than the “Prosperity Gospel” spewed forth by frauds like Joyce Meyer, Creflo Dollar, Benny Hinn, and countless other servants of Satan. What I call “Liberranter’s Law” says “the bigger and more ostentatious the church and its congregation, the farther removed God is.”

  • steve

    The financial storm will not only do “to” us, it will also do “for” us what we can’t do ourselves.

  • Paula New Zealand

    And please correct my spelling errorso

  • Nexus789

    All the points of reference we used to have to create belonging have been eroded. In the past we were citizens, workers, members of communities, union members, etc. Collectivism, community and belonging is demonised as we all, apparently, can do what we link as individuals and there will be no consequences for others.

    We are narrowly defined as consumers, slotted into focus groups, etc, and we have been ‘educated’ to judge our worth and the worth of others through the prism of ‘stuff’ and materialism. This disconnects, dislocates and creates angst. Even the Internet which is a wonderful invention has been co-opted to further disconnect us from out communities and where our experience of the Internet is mass broadcast adverts encouraging us to find and buy more stuff. In our physical world we have had our communities trashed by bland national and global retail chains that return little economic and social value to the communities they crush.

  • Mark

    I agree materialism is something easily lured into. Been on that train myself. In the 1980’s our annual salary exceeded our entire mortgage; we had no children nor debt. We had children, bought new cars, furniture etc. Then our entire world pancaked. My wife got sick and lost her job, and my job disappeared. We sold everything and moved to get another job to avoid bankruptcy. From this I learned a valuable lesson – nothing lasts forever even if you make the right moves. We now have a modest house (less to clean and heat), drive junkers (that are cheap and easy to fix) and don’t live beyond our means. The real bonus is that we were able to spend a lot more time with our kids, instead of working insanely to get ahead and coming home and collapsing. Our purpose is to adequately prepare/teach our kids so society doesn’t end up running them over like a blinded deer.

  • Gary2

    Tax the rich and spread the wealth. Wealth like manure is only good if its spread around. You all reading this post know I am correct in saying tax the rich and spread the wealth.

    • ScoutMotto

      ” You all reading this post know I am correct in saying tax the rich and spread the wealth.”

      That is an arrogant thing to say, Gary2.

      • Gary2

        maybe but its also true

    • Malcolm Reynolds

      Waddup Scrappy? I see you’re out spreading the Doo rather thick tonight.

    • nowwthen

      The list of the 400 wealthiest Americans is out and their total worth adds up to $1.7 trillion. This is up from $1.5 trillion last year. If that $200 billion in income was taxed at 99% it would yield $198 billion which wouldn’t even reduce our 2012 budget deficit by 15%. Even after confiscating 99% of all their incomes we’d still need to borrow over $1 trillion just to pay this year’s bills. And seriously, how long do you think these well advised people would remain citizens in a country that would tax them that hard?

      • Gary2

        Lets cut the BS about if we take all the rich money it will only make a small dent. Here are the facts:

        The bottom 50% make 1% of the national income. and the top make 90% and that only counts for money not hidden. There are conservative estimates that over $20 trillion is hidden in off shore accounts by Americans. I can bet none of it will be your money or that you will very be rich enough to evade taxes completely like thousands of super rich do, What do you personally get out of being a lackey for people who hold your blind loyalty and ignorance in contempt?

        As you can see there is plenty of money held by the rich that could be taken to pay off our debt. Stop believing the BS myth that if you take 100% blah blah.

        Why do you conservatives keep being lackies for the rich??This is especially true for you social conservatives who even though you keep getting thrown under the bus by your rich masters keep right on shilling for them. Wake up you foolish conservatives

    • mark

      Gary, Gary your idea has a problem that as you keep spreading the manure weeds only grow. It takes work to make something of value grow out of it and more people are trying to get a free lunch instead of working.

      • Gary2

        ok I have to admit I liked the weeds analogy, however, weeds are really just plants growing in the wrong place.

      • paul

        Which shareholder is working for his money? THEY are the real parasites that live off the blood of the poor.
        And if you really work 16 hours EVERY day you need to get an hourly wage of 200 dollar to get more than a million per year.
        Who is going to pay that much? And who can work that much?

    • Rocky Bleier

      You’re the only one spreading the manure. How are you going to support yourself when you run out of other people’s money?

    • Robert (qslv)

      Gary, I think you missed the entire point of the article. I could send you $50,000 a month for the rest of your life, and I guarantee it would only bring you greed for more, phony friends, legal troubles, overindulgence, a spiritual void, enemies, illness and eventually your own death.

      Don’t drink the kool aid message that any amount of wealth could bring you happiness. Happiness you will find in hard work resulting in a job well done, the self respect gained in knowing that you don’t say hurtful or hateful things to other people, and even the satisfaction of helping other people without letting anyone know or expecting anything in return. Give it a try.

      • Gary2

        I think I will go with ther 50,000 and test your theory. How would you like to pay this? Can I get you my address? I am more than willing to try your idea.

        • Graham

          Gary2,

          Quote:-
          “Tax the rich and spread the wealth”.

          Just remember your motto once you are in receipt of the $50,000 per month! It’s always amusing to see what happens when the tables turn. You will turn “away” from what you presently uphold.

          Poverty consciousness is a state of mind, and such a state leads to false perceptions about reality. Wealth will reshape that reality for you, leading to new perceptions about the poor.

          Capitalism versus Communism? Now research Fascism!

    • chong

      That is a bit dumb, cause taxing the rich doesnt mean they will lose that amount, they simply will recover it and more by increase the prices of the products they sell, making that you pay even more not only for those products but for everything in the chain that depends on it.

      Best to have fixed taxes for everyone, and if i make a revenue i pay my tax share and with the remaining profit i can see how can i make the life for my family

    • Col. Wilson

      “Tax the rich and spread the wealth…”

      Thats the majority of what you preach – however would you sing the same song IF they taxed you more? Hmmm…

      BTW the constitution does NOT advocate the taxing of just one segment of society – WHY? Because its unfair – unfair taxes were the reason why we rebelled & became a nation. The taxes that were taken were from business ppl which adversely affected the everyday ppl (resulted in higher prices for goods & services for everyone). You claim taxing the rich is the answer but history shows that is only a temporay fix that ends in disaster.

      This might have worked in the 30s -50s but with a global society, the rich will just pack up & leave, moving their companies & profits overseas. So in the end, we will be in worse shape than before.

      So sad that America is heading toward a crash & your proposal will only make things worse in the long run.

      Shalom

  • Nexus789

    America to me is the most self indulgent society I have visited and I find the media, advertising, etc and oppressive. There is also an undercurrent of individualistic righteousness and a ‘I’m alright jack and screw you’ attitude that is not as strong elsewhere but is does exist in other countries and we are all trapped by the tyranny of consumerism.

    I would add that the above is a generalised view of one aspect of the US which is a diverse nation. On the other side of the balance sheet there are large numbers of community movements, barter groups, people practicing collaborative consumerism, etc. All of which encourage and support the notion of working together, the value of community, doing more with less, etc.

    • Mondobeyondo

      It’s a land of $30,000 millionaires. At least it is in Arizona. I can’t speak for the rest of the country.

      These people love to hang out at high-end clubs, bars and resorts and brag about their (leased) BMW’s, Escalades, Porches, etc.. all to impress the girls, who are equally as vain. They don’t tell you that they are some $50,000 or more in debt, living high on the hog.

      Not so long ago, I stopped for a red light near a bus stop, where some teenagers were waiting for the next bus. They were laughing at my beat-up Chevy Cavalier. I yelled back, “What are you talking about? Looks like you don’t even HAVE a ride, dudes!”

      Touche!

  • Ghulam

    For American car makers and oil companies, putting women into the work force and taking them out of the home, meant more than twice the number of vehicles and miles driven. Without women at home, entire industries were needed to provide child care, elder care, and fast food. Couples with two professional-level salaries could afford to fly great distances to enormous, inefficient houses; they could afford multiple, over-sized automobiles, boats and mobile homes, second homes, and fruit flown in from other continents. The society as a whole could afford gigantic sports and gambling palaces, and extraordinary military expenditures. Feminism paved the way for the excesses of late 20th and early 21st century America and Europe, by nearly doubling the work force. It created an explosion of obesity and other health problems as home-cooked meals from a home garden were replaced by industrially produced junk.

    For the last half century many if not most of the best new positions created by the booming economy have gone to the wives of men who already had good salaries and high social status. These double-income couples by their very existence have diminished the prospects of a similar number of lower class white and minority families who do not have one parent with a high-end occupation, dramatically increasing the distance between the haves and the have-nots throughout the nation. Working class women must go out to work, because high cast women have taken away their husbands’ chances for a job good enough to enable them to stay home with their children.

    In public Americans rarely ever discussed in public this Platonic redesign of the social order that brought them to their position of extreme liquidity and double the demand for jobs, and most of their half-literate clergy and academia went right along with this abrupt change from the millennias-old wisdom. No, Americans simply opened their doors to all of the secular intellectuals feeing Europe, and they were so smart that their new, modern ideals, and their age old usury have brought America to where she is today.

    • http://endzone2.weebly.com Craig

      Ghulam, I agree with your comments. The feminist hurt men badly and disrupted the natural God-given order in the home. It was and is the Godless democrats who always push for this. Men would have much higher paying jobs if not for so many women in the workforce–and those women there by affirmative action. Then throw in the bitchy feminist who are always trying to trip men up at work or in the home to take away his authority at every step of the way. We have a large group of women in America that are way out of bounds. For starters, men aren’t allowed to murder without going to jail the rest of their lives, but women are. This is insane.

      • Gay Veteran

        awwwww, miss the days of patriarchy?

      • http://www.scotrstone.com Scot

        Quit blaming everyone else for your shortcomings.

    • Me

      We have a winner.

      Exactly sir, exactly.

    • TheIronYuppie

      Keen insight!

    • Johnny Apple Seed

      I Agree with this Comment. Exactly what I have told numerous people. Thanks!

    • estamos jodidos

      I agree in part, however please consider that the monetary policies of the Federal Reserve have targeted maintaining inflation rates nominally around 2% but in reality much much higher, rather than 0 inflation. Inflation is by it’s nature a tax, and results in the destruction of wealth, ie the purchasing power of the dollar. So over the last half century Salaries have actually been losing ground against inflation. This means that a single wage earner could not keep up. Married couples needed to have dual incomes to effectively maintain their material status. Divorce rates also increases driving up the net cost of living ( ie needed 2 households, cars, etc rather than 1) Additionally corporations perfected marketing the masses to increase the number of unnecessary objects we have been deluded into believing we actually must have. There are a number of confluences which brought about our present condition.

    • Brent

      Bravo to you for so trenchantly summarizing the disastrous developments of the last 40+ years, facilitated in large part in America by the Idiot Box. Call it the Norman Learing of American if you will, but it runs clear through to today’s feminazi goddess of the prosperity gospel–Oprah. Shortly, before he died, William Buckley waggishly commented that his greatest achievement might be that he had NEVER watched Miss Winfrey. Would that most Americans could say the same.

  • Mark

    I think this tale says it all on this subject:

    I was teaching a fourth grade class (in a typical suburban area) and asked: What 3 things that most people in world want? The answers I got were huge mansions, expensive electronics, yachts, jets, exotic cars and unlimited money. They were utterly stunned when I gave them the real answers. Clean running water, pots and pans, and electricity. Then one student jumped up, ran over to wall and flicked the lights on and off repeatedly, and said: What’s wrong with these stupid people? Don’t they know they just have to flick the switch? Why should anyone be unhappy here – compared to the majority of people we are the lottery winners.

    I know it – we spent like lottery winners and probably going to end up like a lot of them.

    • Michael

      Great anecdote Mark.

      Michael

    • http://endzone2.weebly.com Craig

      Mark, you’re a liberal? It’s just not fair that America be more prosperous than other nations in the world. You want to be like Obama and put America in her proper place?

      • Mark

        NO and NO. I wasn’t born here and didn’t live here until a teenager. I lived in some crappy places. So I know how good it is here. The US was a second/third world country once. But due to liberty, incentive, hard work, mostly staying out of other conflicts and some luck we moved up. The point of the story is – the students should have know how we have electricity and what it takes to get it; not take it for granted. The problem is both parents working their butts off and not being engaged with their children. Is it working to achieve a reasonable standard of living or for excessive materialism? Incentive is good, it’s why socialism/communism sucks. Once it was one parent working to make middle class, then both; and now it seems both just to survive if you can both work. Not exactly progress.

    • http://lnx-bsp.net/ Tel

      Pots & pans? Those are cheap… steaks to put in the pan cost more than the pan itself.

    • Mondobeyondo

      We who live in the U.S. don’t know how lucky we have it, compared to much of the rest of the world. Those fourth grade students need to spend a couple weeks in an African country, or even a town in rural Mexico. It will change their perspective.

  • Bone idle

    I would give the most materialistic tag to some more affluent Asian countries. Western countries aren’t in the same league.

  • Chris

    The rich kids of Instagram was a Publicity stunt to make famous instagram. The kids are all actors. There is no background record of them or their parents. They just appeared in a hype, propaganda ad for the lame stream media.

    • comnenus

      It’s still going on. Of course these people won’t want to advertise who they are, in case some kidnapper might get interested on them.

  • Imaplaneiac

    Now at age 62 – ” pushing ” 63 – I’ve buried several family members as well as attended wakes and funerals of friends. NONE of them took anything to the grave with them aside from clothing they were dressed in and religious articles.

    • Mondobeyondo

      And I would suspect that none of them on their deathbeds, would mention their major life accomplishments as “35 year career at Ford”, or “employee of the year from 1974-1978″. There are some things in life, that don’t matter in the long run.

      • Alasha

        Mondobeyondo – my friend!! Hope all is well and Godspeed and pls you u r n y prayers!!!!

        • Mondobeyondo

          Thanks Alasha! :)

      • comnenus

        I am sure one would mention his career as “CEO of whatever” in his tombstone.

    • The Claymobile.

      I have heard that the pants a dead person wears in a coffin has no pockets. Why would you need them???

  • DaytoDay

    Great article Michael!

    We are a society that has turned our back on God and embraced the devil…

    “A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, Loving favor rather than silver and gold.” Proverbs-22:1

    “Better is the poor who walks in his integrity, Than one who is perverse in his lips, and is a fool.” Proverbs-19:1

    “Hell and Destruction are never full; So the eyes of man are never satisfied.” Proverbs-27:20

    For some, the truth and the remedy are plain as day…

    In what world could you convince someone to go into debt in order to gain… That in and of itself should raise alarm…

    A lot of times, people don’t see the bigger picture, “So what if I have to go into debt, to go to college, buy a house, buy a car, it will be worth it in the end.” And yes, maybe it will, but it’s the principle…

    We let our children play violent video games that depict graphic realistic murder and death… We watch movies that promote violence, death and sexual promiscuity… Our kids go to government schools that teach one-sided pseudo science… We don’t pray, we don’t thank God, we don’t believe in God…

    We have obtained a “Gimmie, Gimmie, Gimmie, Gimmie, gimmie” Attitude… We don’t respect others or ourselves… And most of us can’t even look ourselves in the mirror…

    We idolize, fake, plastic, sellouts, that in reality, are much closer to suicide than the general public… Why? Because literally and figuratively they have sold their souls, and deep down, these “celebrities” know that their lifestyle is wrong, and they know they are contributing to the degeneration of our society…

    But we don’t care… Because people can’t see past the material (Cars, clothes jewelry,) and really see the tormented soul, behind the mask…

    • Gay Veteran

      “Our kids go to government schools that teach one-sided pseudo science… We don’t pray, we don’t thank God, we don’t believe in God…”

      what pseudo science? gravity? evolution?

      if kids don’t pray, don’t thank god, or don’t believe in god then that is the fault of parents not government

      • DaytoDay

        “if kids don’t pray, don’t thank god, or don’t believe in god then that is the fault of parents not government”

        I never said it was.

        And yes, evolution is highly questionable…

      • Malcolm Reynolds

        No, Anthropgenic globull warming and socialism. But then you knew that.

  • http://www.prepper-resources.com PJ Prepper

    I truly believe we are very materialistic. Yet I think we should strive to achieve a balance, or as others say everything in moderation. Your truck example is a great one, did you NEED the truck? No, nobody needs a new car/truck. I personally do not see a problem spending some of the fruits of your labor on a new vehicle every now and then. Sure there is depreciation, sure it costs more than a used vehicle that can do the exact same thing, but why not have a new car if you can afford to…and if (here’s the important part) all of your other financial obligations are met.

    The same goes for food (since you mentioned the weight problem in our country). I make sure to eat a double whopper with cheese and get a large fries (dipped in ranch of course) about twice a year, simply because the greasy goodness is oh-so-delicious. I don’t make a habit out of it though, and still consider myself to be in great shape. You can’t live on protein shakes and rabbit food forever!

    It is possible to live on both extremes-being too materialistic or being too frugal. Money can’t buy you happiness, but one should be able to enjoy life a little. We all (I hope) prepare for uncertain times, but I also hope we take a breath every now and then and reward ourselves when appropriate.

    Here is my favorite part of your article Michael:

    “There is hope in understanding what is happening, developing a plan to deal with it, and preparing yourself and your family for the storm that is coming.”

    I read someone that being paranoid means you just have all the facts. Times are about to get tough, but that doesn’t mean we have to live like those times have already arrived. Moderation in everything, because the fact of the matter is nobody is getting out of this life alive. :)

    Thanks for the great article as usual.

    PJ

    Prepper-Resources.com

    • paul

      You show murder every day on tv, but call the police when seeing a naked breast. You probably even call breastfeeding obscene.,

  • John Steinsvold

    An Alternative to Capitalism (since we cannot legislate morality)

    Several decades ago, Margaret Thatcher claimed: “There is no alternative”.
    She was referring to capitalism. Today, this negative attitude still persists.

    I would like to offer an alternative to capitalism for the American people to consider. Please click on the following link. It will take you to an essay titled: “Home of the Brave?” which was published by the Athenaeum Library of Philosophy:

    http://evans-experientialism.freewebspace.com/steinsvold.htm

    John Steinsvold

    “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.”~ Albert Einstein

    • Paula New Zealand

      I have always said that the alternative to captalism is ‘The Kingdom of God as preached by Christ in the NEW testament.
      The Brave World suggested above
      sounds wonderful, until you get to the part where people do the jobs as they follow their bliss, it is NOT until you hve a revelation of Christ that you wold be prepared to do ANY job, in serving each other in love,
      without that manking will always be selfish to one degree or another.
      We are allstill born with that nature, and we alluse it to one degree of another.
      Only be born of the spirit of God can one, change the heart.

    • Grumpy

      I read the article you linked; you do know that this has been attempted before, many times and in many places, and that it has failed miserably every single time, don’t you? For all of your wishes for rainbows and unicorns, you (and others before you who have proposed the exact same thing) have neglected to account for the single most critical element in your utopian master plan: human nature.

      This particular factor has not changed in all of recorded history, and every attempt to force a change on the unwilling to it has led to the same result: murder, mass murder, war, and genocide.

      Capitalism is a much better ideal to strive for than a world in which some tasks will not be done as literally no one would volunteer to do them (resulting in forced labor or disproportionate ‘awards’ for taking on these tasks in your system); it’s also an ideal that has not been in practice anywhere in the world for over a hundred years. If you think the western world (and the USA in particular) are capitalist-based societies, you need to do a HUGE amount of reading and research about socioeconomic and political systems; the USA is neither a democracy nor a capitalist society.

    • Robert (qslv)

      This is nothing new. It was tried at Jamestown and the colony collapsed. The settlers either killed each other or were removed by the natives. We tried it in the 60’s in Upstate New York. Again, colony collapse. It’s been tried a thousand times, always with the same result.(Insanity?) Why? From my own presonal experience the 50% of the people who always would find an excuse to take more than they gave and turned the real workers into slaves. The Binnewater Colony woke up one morning and discovered that Robert was gone, no more a slave, but a free man.

      • Orange Jean

        Robert,
        With all due respect (and the fact that I agree with what I think you were trying to say, that “utopia” societies have been tried and always fail?)… I think you have Jamestown mixed up with some other place/attempted settlement.

        About 7 yrs ago I moved to a place about 35 miles south of there (south side of the James River), in a place that was first settled the same time by one of the members of the Jamestown settlement (Cpt. Nathanial Basse), so I read up on it’s history quite a bit when I first got here.

        It’s my understanding that the Jamestown settlement was funded by the Virginia Company, in a sort of “gentleman’s” attempt at a get rich scheme. The first batch of people (Smith, et al.) arriving before most of the colonists were supposed to start the settlement AND go find GOLD (or silver if they couldn’t find gold) which was supposedly in abundance in the Americas.

        The fact that they started the colony in a place that was quite heavily populated by various Indian tribes that were warring (due in part to a number of years of very bad weather and failing crops) contributed to the stress and failure of the colony.

        It’s my understanding that the Virginia Company was doing this to make money for it’s “members”, and not at all out of some idealistic non-materialistic attempt to form a utopian colony.

    • chong

      I hope everyone of you read Hayek’s Road to serfdom and change its lives

      the russians tried and failed, now its here, why ‘ll it not be the same ?

    • Malcolm Reynolds

      “(since we cannot legislate morality)”

      Are you kidding me? What do you think every last last single law is?

      And there simply is no alternative to capitalism unless you’re just shooting for mass poverty.

  • jhpace1

    Materialism has an allure, but it’s more than just conspicuous consumption. Higher technology equals higher productivity. When you pull out your Windows 98 laptop and the teenager pulls out their iPhone5 with 4G LTE, the difference is obvious. Your laptop may be paid for, but you have no Internet. The teenager has a phone with a still/motion camera, voice recorder, Internet, and a $125-200 a month bill.

    Would I buy an automobile (or a truck) all new and tricked out, customized from the factory just for me? Not on your life. I’d be looking for the 4-year-old diesel truck with minimal accessories to meet my budget. But it’s not my fault that planned obsolescence has ruined the entire automobile market.

    Buying a game computer meant to make my dollar last for 5 years without major upgrades is not materialism. Eating from an expensive health food restaurant is not materialism – it may be the only way to avoid the poison they are putting in our fast food. Real food costs real money. Keeping up with the technology curve costs money.

    “Wealth does not equal happiness.” No, but it beats the alternative. We are called to be good stewards with what God has given us, but we are not forced to live in squalor just to be virtuous.

    The problem is, there are people in the world (name your country) that use materialism as a substitute for feeling good. Hundreds of clothes and shoes. Too many cars and knickknacks. People get married and then think they can still live the party life together instead of making a marriage work.

    So I think your article has merit but I disagree with several of the conclusions.

    • Michael

      I never said that we should all take oaths of poverty.

      I believe in making money and providing for my family.

      And we should all work hard to provide for our families – that is what it instructs us to do in the Scriptures.

      But there is a huge difference between working hard and worshipping money and wealth.

      Michael

  • Mondobeyondo

    Yes. We are.

    Prime examples:
    Kim Kardashian, Lindsay Lohan, Donald Trump, Charlie Sheen, the rapper 50 Cent (of “I Got Money” fame), and so many others too numerous to mention. It can’t be any fun to own a mansion, and not be able to enjoy it. Okay, so I’ve never owned a mansion, and very likely never will. But I’d hate to be trapped 24/7 inside one, avoiding the fans and stalkers. Even with the gym and swimming pool.

    Lindsay, if you’re reading this (and there is a 100% chance you’re not), please understand you are on the road to ruin, and you’re pressing the pedal to the metal, baby. ANOTHER drunk driving accusation??! What does it profiteth a man to gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Hope you get sober soon…

    Material blessings are not entitlements, they are gifts from God, and He can take them away at any time. Health is a blessing as well. You don’t think so? Try being sick for a few days. It’s not fun. I dread to think what any chronic serious illness is like.

    Frankly, we should be lucky we’ve made it this far without collapsing.

    • Mondobeyondo

      50 Cent is very likely going to change his name to Three Dollar and 26 Cent. Inflation hurts even big star rappers.

      • Alasha

        lol

    • estamos jodidos

      “What does it profiteth a man to gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?”

      True, but then again, what does it profiteth a man to lose the whole world, and lose his soul? Are the 2 positions diametrically opposite and mutually exclusive?

  • Traffix

    Wanna see how bad a corrupt urban government can screw up a once highly respected police department in East Atlanta? http://www.dekalbofficersspeak.com . In case you want to re-think trusting the government to protect your family.

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  • Mondobeyondo

    “I want money! I don’t care what I have to do to get it!”

    Ummm. That. Is. Precisely. Your. PROBLEM!!!!

    Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols punk rock bank famously sang, “Don’t know what I want, but I know how to get it”. Well, people who crave the almighty dollar know exactly what they want, and they know how to get it. If they don’t, they’ll come up with any means to get it. People like that scare me. Drug dealers and gang members at the bottom rung of the ladder, to the Federal Reserve at the top.

  • Collin

    Become a purveyor of love, and a collector of experiences. Charity is the root of true love, offer selfless service to others. If we all “payed it forward” we would all be rich. Decide that you want to live, your happiness is a choice.

  • http://endzone2.weebly.com Craig

    Michael, I know I sound like I’m kissing @$$, but I want to thank you for your efforts to get together one article after another. You have a great source for pictures and information, and you’re the one guy that connects with the middle class–unlike every other media out there including Fox News.

    I keep asking myself, “What’s in for this guy?” “Why is he doing this?” “Where is the money?”

    I don’t need to know the answers to those questions, but thanks for being one guy that is well balanced and actually connects with the middle class which is still the majority of Americans.

    God bless,

    • Paula New Zealand

      Craig
      You obviously did not read my post on the ‘Kingdom of God’,
      serving one another in love. Michael understands and lives that.
      It IS the answer to captalism..
      You follow Christ and OBEY His words, all written in RED in the NEW testament..and he supplies your as you obey him.
      He said DO NOT STORE UP ON EARTH..and BE CONTENT WITH WHAT YOU HAVE.
      When you do what he says, he provides circumstances, work, situatins, blessings, etc etc
      as he says he will to meet your daily needs.
      He also says ‘You do not have when you pray’ becuase you ask according to the LUSTS in your HEART.
      His plan is to RENMOVE the IDOLS from your heart…that is why he says that it is through TRIALS and TRIBULATIONS you enter the kingdom of God, which is within.
      When you see these things and you do not LUST after them and have to have them.
      Then you have time to work spend time with your family, neighbours, friends,
      who genuinely NEED help. and you are not stressed an constantly trying to hold onto all your have.
      Captalism keeps you on the treadmill..of having to have more and more and more and putting profits before ANYTING else..
      NOW understand what Michael does, for the saving of your souls…and the opening of blind eyes, to FREEDOM.

      Have you all not seen spolit children, the more you give them the more they want…and then they fight with their friends as to who has more.
      Is it a good parent who teaches that system to their childrne ??
      No? Then why go to institutions that teach you this system?
      Change it NOW for Gods kingdom and you will live in FREEDOM

  • Ken Nohe

    It is fun to party but then comes the hangover. Conversely, how can a democratic system survive without these promises of endless partying?

    We understand, as individuals, that moderation is a useful virtue. Bus society does not, in fact cannot, almost by definition. The highest bidder always win and in this case the highest bidder is the politician promising the most. It was “bread and Circus” for the Romans, it is shopping and holidays now, but as for our motivations; the painless road to maximum satisfaction, little has changed.

    Our individual intelligence is enough for us to survive and prosper within the system but not enough to understand and reform it (while staying in power of course). In other words, as a top European politician put it recently: “We know what we should do but we don’t know how to be reelected after!”

    It is doubtful that a population addicted to Tweets will find the strength to look for another way. Strangely, as you said rightly, when they lose their toys, the Jones will lose the will to survive faster than the will to outdo their neighbors. That’s our nature.

    • Gay Veteran

      you think materialism just appeared out of nowhere? try corporate advertising

  • Ryan

    I must be strange. I probably watch only about 1-3 hours of tv a week. I am far from overweight. Most people probably think im underweight, which is just genes i guess. Got no trouble winning over the prettiest girl in the room, lol. I do spend a lot of time on youtube though.

  • Ryan

    I think the end of this system is upon us but with the little time we have left i think it would be great if people stopped using fiat to purchase and instead used silver coins. Even if suppliers initially accepted discounts if payment is made in silver. I make longbows as a hobby and have considered selling them for about 200 dollars but i would happily accept 3 ounces of silver instead. This is just an example.

  • Me

    Well don’t tell me the “American Dream” is about entrepreneurship then.

    Seriously just don’t. Making ******* for people to buy, making money to buy ***********. How do you de-couple entrepreneurship from that?

    So then what’s it about then? Survival is nice but that hardly qualifies as a “national dream” (yet)…

    I’ve seen societies based on materialism, and productivity for the purpose of producing for an overlord (or group of Comrades, same thing). Never seen much else.

  • Gary2

    all told I would rather be rich and unhappy than poor and unhappy. as anyone can see wealth opens lots of doors and can purchase congress so you can get even more wealth.

    Taxs the wealthy to keep us healthy

  • Me


    But just because you have a horse on your property does that make your life better than the rest of our lives?

    Of course not.

    Wealth does not equal happiness.

    Really?

    This is like one of those “embrace nature” arguments. Nature killed us by the tens of thousands is why we invented villages… and all history shows me personally is that… yes… having a horse in your back yard really DOES make you happier than everyone else.

    I know of a couple thousand dead monarchs that would like to argue the point with you.

    Obviously we can’t ALL do it. Equally obviously if we all TRY to do it we’re ghoing to end up killing each other.

    Does that mean that poverty of “just getting by” is really your friend? I know of a couple of million serfs that would like to argue the point with you…

  • Me

    Ohh your truck died? COOL! No no I’m not being an butthole and arguing with you in this post. I fix everything. I love fixing stuff. I’ve fixed 4 or 5 cars, three Xboxes, more computers than I can count… old VCR’s…

    Oooo *drooling with glee* what’s wrong with it? Maybe I can diagnose it YAY!

    Just remember if its a Toyota, a used JDM engine and tranny combo from Japan with under 30k miles on it is like 2500 bucks… that and a 90 dollar hoist and a buddy or two…

  • Me

    By the way I am pretty much poor but I live off of scavenged tech and Craigslist items. You’d be astounded what people throw away. Electronically speaking, I live like a prince (granted, a prince from 2001… but hey it all works…)

  • Colin

    We have a party where the presidential candidate believes that 47% of the population is entitled. What do these entitled people want? Food. Health Care. Housing. Etc.

    This is the mentality that is driving his party who are set on dismantling the great social programs of the 20th century.

    In the Declaration of Human Rights, Article 25, it says:

    “Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.”

    http://www.un.org/en/documents/udhr/index.shtml

    This campaign and the campaigns to come is about the rights we have as humans. Do we have these rights in this country?

  • RICH99

    I agree with the article but DAMN……..STOP with the IT’S COMING bull******** already !!

    • liberranter

      We’ll see if you’re still saying that once it’s here.

  • the ragged trousered philanthropist

    As per usual you seem to have your finger on the pulse.
    The previous blogger posted this Einstein quotation “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.”
    I don’t think TPTB are insane and they are perfectly well aware what they are doing to us and what will ensue from their actions.
    God bless you for your work and the immense effort it must take to keep writing such salutary articles.
    It seems most of us are “insane” and TPTB know this.
    Your articles are the boost of sanity we all need to keep us on our toes so THEY do not enslave us completely.

    • Michael

      Thank you for those very kind words. I enjoy writing and I am blessed to be able to do it almost every day.

      Michael

  • pk

    Not only materialism, but the narcissic attitude people have about theselves and how they ”deserve this or that ”and ”i only have one life ”which is a license to use ,cheat ,deceive other people out of their possessions ,earnings etc .So they can get what they want out of life, Loving ”things” instead of people, when they should be loving people and using things

  • paul

    Who doesn’t want to be happy?
    The body can produce its own opiates (endorphines). The easiest way is through skin-to-skin contact. Not to be confused with fist-to-face!

    Get your skin in contact with the environment. And be more happy.

    Touch your family more often, don’t be afraid when a stranger’s leg touches yours in the bus. Don’t call the lawyer when a colleague lays his or her hand on your shoulder. Don’t get hysterics when seeing some naked skin other than a nose.

  • asd

    You teach your children to study well in school to obtain a good life later on, that includes some material excesses. If they become very wealthy, then so be it. People are not advising their children to be humble especially in these economic times. You even see children of poorer parents with iphones the parents can’t afford. You see street people with cellphones begging for money, food. Wealthy children have always been this way, cause of cellphones you get see their lifestyles. Many of these billionaires have made money illegally and corruptly from previous generations. Usually to obtain that type of wealth requires theft of some kind, whether it be investment fraud or laundering or drugs. Happiness cannot come from that kind of money. There are record number of demonic possessions now, if you think about doing evil, getting revenge, doing drugs, any evil acts will bring you closer to being controlled by something very dangerous.

  • Martman

    I live in wetern canada and the same mentallity is out here as well. He has the most toys in the end wins. The last decade has been very good here and money and debt is everywhere. The advertising is ment to make you feel like as looser if you do not have BMW or what ever they are offering.
    In reallity they are selling you discontent for what you already own.
    Our modest home will be paid for in 2 years and many of the people we know are making fun of us because we are not buying a new house for $700K. But in truth we are content with our home.
    Consumerisim is as powerfull a drug as any other.
    We do not live paycheck to paycheck and it is a very liberating feeling.

  • bobbobbob1

    got teeth–a few
    got children—none
    gotmed ins—a little
    got dental ins—no
    HAHAHAHAHA

    • bobbobbob1

      unfit mittsays you dont count==47%

  • Paul M

    Michael

    Antidepressant use has risen almost 400 percent since the early 1990’s. One in ten people in the U.S takes an antidepressant. This means that 31.2 million in America people take these type drugs. There are also millions of people on anti-anxiety drugs and anti-psychotic medications as well. Many of these drugs have dangerous withdrawal symptoms such as causing an irregular heartbeat, seizures, and psychosis. In extreme cases quitting these drugs cold turkey can cause death. As our economic situation declines, more and more people who are dependent on these medications will not be able to get access to these medications. This means millions of people could be in a lot of trouble. Do you agree millions being unable to take their medications would cause a significant social unrest in an economy that is in its death throes?

  • Jodi

    Used trucks rule! No need for a new one!

    I think when people are in the market to buy a new vehicle, they fall in love with all of the bells and whistles. Another thing we have become so depended on. I remember the days when you would need a key to get into your vehicle and roll down the windows manually. By the way, if you loose your fancy key, you have to go back to the dealer to buy a new one for about a $100 bucks or more. No longer you can copy a key for your vehicle. What a rip!

    Vehicles seemed to have less problems back then. I kinda miss it!

  • Bushcrafty

    This article is EXCELLENT! It hits the nail on the head. We do live too materialistic. Allow me to quote from three individuals regarding living abundantly…

    Money has never made man happy, nor will it, there is nothing in its nature to produce happiness. The more of it one has the more one wants. – Ben Franklin

    Having few desires, feeling satisfied with what you have is very vital: satisfaction with just enough food, clothing, and shelter to protect yourself from the elements. – Dalai Lama

    As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler; solitude will not be solitude, poverty will not be poverty, nor weakness weakness. – Henry David Thoreau

    What did they know that we seem to miss? The Bible speaks it plainly, “If anyone teaches a different doctrine and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching that accords with godliness, he is puffed up with conceit and understands nothing. He has an unhealthy craving for controversy and for quarrels about words, which produce envy, dissension, slander, evil suspicions, and constant friction among people who are depraved in mind and deprived of the truth, imagining that godliness is a means of gain. But godliness with contentment is great gain, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs. But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.” Paul, 1 Timothy 6: 3-12

    What do we do then? Don’t just prepare – learn to improvise. Like the motto of the Great Depression I (We are in GDII), “Use it up. Wear it out. Make do. Or do without.”

    Check out these videos that tie in just awesomely with this article –
    Cody Lundin Newsweek Interview – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mBi1AYvBqiI
    “If you want to have a survival plan, you know, based on eating your T-Bone steak every night, you’re largely screwed…’cause that’s a short term view of staying alive.” – Cody Lundin

    2006 Seattle Urban Survival Story featuring Cody Lundin – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mmmpg-XCU-k

    Disaster Survival: How to Catch and Eat a Rat – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_J0RZVqbHGM *WARNING: THERE IS PROFANITY IN THIS VIDEO! I’M JUST LETTING YOU KNOW BEFORE YOU WATCH IT! “Where I think we’re going as a culture right now, is right down the crapper… If we were an indigenous tribe living the way we’re living, we’d be dead a long time ago. It’s not sustainable. You can learn a lot by paying attention to nature…” – Cody Lundin

    That’s the idea – learn to live like our ancestors using primitive living skills. The American Indians of the past are laughing at us as our ship (country, government, economy, and society) sinks.

  • Bill

    When discussing the current troubles in the Middle East with a friend, he made the observation that at least in America, we don’t have anything like Sharia Law. I laughed. “Of course we do!” I said. “It’s called the Sharia Law of money and wealth!”

    It dictates everything we do, wear, say and determines which relationships are important and which ones are not. It’s the barometer we use to determine whether or not we are “good” or “bad” people. If we fail to bow down to the priest of the shrine of materialism, we’re shunned by our families and peers and we’re called things like “hippie” or “Communist”. If we fail to numb our brains with mindless entertainment, we’re viewed with suspicion by the State as a potential trouble-maker.

    The most important things in life are the things you can’t buy. Love, companionship, family, and true friendship. When materialism supercedes those things, what happens when our material wealth is taken away from us? What’s left but an empty hole where a soul used to be?

  • Zedge Hero

    SIMPLIFY

  • http://greenfuelbooster.com stmess

    I came to the US (CA Bay Area) in April 2000 with my wife, two tiny kids in tow and great confidence in my computer consulting skills. The first thing that shocked me was “OBSCENE” American materialism. This is the first article that I have read that touched this topic at a very personal level. Excellent writing!

  • Faux Gary

    I see Gary2 is still desperately trolling about trying to get someone to give him something for nothing. Try being less of a burdensome parasite and earning what you need or want, like a successful human being does.

  • Col. Wilson

    The problem is ppl need to strive to be rich in character such as honesty, integrity, hard work, etc.

    When Americans traded character for materialism, we started down a road that ends in defeat. The only way to turn this around is for ppl to hit bottom & dig their way out & work their way back to what made us great in the first place.

    Shalom

  • Venny

    Noooo! Those of you, that for example say that Americans are lazy and that’s why everything is imported, are wrong!

    It’s like those that buy into the conservative vs. liberal ideas, or republican vs. democrat myths.

    This is all by design. It’s global enslavement. There cannot be a middle class anywhere in the world for this group of global elite.

    An elite few have manipulated the human race since the dawn of time.

    Have you ever thought to yourselves, “Why do we need money to live happier lives?”

    “If you want to remain slaves of the bankers and pay for the costs of your own slavery, let them continue to create money and control the nations credit.”–Sir Josiah Stamp 1880-1941.

    “I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around [the banks] will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered. The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs.”– Thomas Jefferson, 3rd president of US (1743 – 1826)

    “There is something behind the throne greater than the King himself.”–William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham (born 15 November 1708)

    “In Germany they came first for the Communists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn’t speak up because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me, and by that time no one was left to speak up.”–Martin Niemöller

  • Jeremy

    Amazing article! I totally agreed with you on this whole article because Life is not all about money!!! I always value my life way more than stupid money. I usually spend like 50$-100$ per month, because I’m in very low poor class but I don’t care about that and I’m enjoying stuff I have bought such window 7 PC, upgrades for my PC, video games, etc. But I’m trying to spend some money on organic foods and bottled waters that don’t have fluoride. To be honest I hate money with passion because It can make you arrogant and cocky to show off things that they are better than yours and don’t care about people. It was horrible.

    Jeremy

    • Elpidio Leonel Tovar-López

      So agree with you Jeremy, just stay away from bottled water.

  • moshe

    America is not necessarily THE most materialistic society in history. Rome comes to mind. But yes, the collapse is coming. It is coming for the same reasons that Rome’s collapse came, and it will look much the same.

  • Old Man

    I wanted to interview Mitt about the core value of the GOP but he is just too busy raising money from billionaires by bashing the 99% as no-good freeloaders. So I settled for his predecessor in this interview:

    OM: As the Great American Economic Collapse proceeds, some, perhaps misguided bloggers, begin to suggest the unthinkable – that Americans practiced too much materialism. What’s your take?

    GW: We all love things don’t we. I see no problem with that. The whole idea behind my party ideology is stuff. And that include money. Let me give Dick a call – I just wanna make sure money is also stuff…

    OM: Sure we all need money and stuff. The argument is, we want too much of it. For example, during your 8 year administration, The US bought $4 trillion of stuff from overseas, $2 trillion of that from China, per year. That amounted to about $25 trillion during your time. Half of which was financed by borrowing, so that we are now stuck with $15 trillion of debt that we cannot repay.

    GW: That’s not my doing and not my problem. Let me educate you – the US economy is private enterprise that runs by itself to perfection. Greenspan told me so. It is the best economic engine in the world. My job is to leave it alone. My job is to take care of other matters.

    OM: What other matters?

    GW: Certainly not materialism. My job is security and crusade. For example, I decided to invade a foreign country called Iran not because of money or power.

    OM: For security?

    GW: You bet. To secure my glory in history.

    OM: What about the 5000 GI who perished, and the 500,000 foreigners who also perished as a result of your decision? What do they die for?

    GW: Why do you have to ask such stupid question? Dying for materialism is stupid. Dying for my glory is glorious.

  • jhon

    I must be one of the most blessed on earth. by government standards i live in poverty, but im good with money so there are times when i have a surplus. when this happens a always think to myself i am going to buy myself something nice, then i think about it and there is nothing that i want, so instead i go to whole foods and treat myself to real food for a change.

    • bobbobbob1

      u amerikakas r poor folk!! what r u dooing in whole foods? why dont u learn to cook rice an beans or lentil soup thats what i eat and i’m richie rich. real food is unprocessed food not the crap u get in wholefoods. but u better brush u teeth cause if u get septis i will ceeu in med school as a cad.

  • CharlesB

    Dr. Paul Craig Roberts writes: “Today the Western peoples are experiencing the destruction of their well being that is comparable to what the one percent in Rome imposed on Roman citizens and conquered peoples.”

    He continues: “Apparently, Americans are the first people in history who are so idealistic, or so thoroughly brainwashed, that they prefer to pay for wars and bail out banks than to make their mortgage payments and help their children with student loan debt.”

    And he concludes with: “In the West the Revolution From Above has succeeded. The peoples are re-enserfed. The promised land is a promised land for the one percent.”

    The Revolution From Above ~ Paul Craig Roberts
    http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2012/09/13/the-revolution-from-above-paul-craig-roberts/

  • Concerned Person

    Everyone loves you if you got money. If you have money people see you as someone who worked hard for what they have (unless you’re obscenely rich that’s a different category) and you are defined as a success, even if you had to step on plenty of people to get where you are. If you’re poor, then obviously you’re a lazy shmuck and of lower intelligence. Few people look deeper than that.

    • Mondobeyondo

      And… “nobody knows you when you’re down and out
      I mean, when you’re down and out”*

      *Billie Holliday

      • DiscouragedOne

        Actually Bessie Smith did that song first.

    • moses

      i hope that when jesus christ returns and the day of judgement they will all hide there faces and not be ready for the end will come upon them like a thief, 99.99% or more people have become fools and blind. and of course if there dead already judgement to awakeness for the wicked damnation . what does it profit to gain the whole world and lose your soul-the real jesus christ . nothing at the end satan will laugh at them in is kingdom of hell, lake of fire .the usa and the whole world has become wicked sinners and judgement will destroy them all, amen
      god is jehovah and he’s will and judgement will be done . amen
      and blind leads the blind into the ditch

      • Elpidio Leonel Tovar-López

        I believe you’re talking about the economic collapse. Yes, it will make many realize they self-indulged and will suffer for it- but don’t attribute it to your savior.

    • jay kal

      Man would be lazy if the oppurtunity wasnt there or if there is no finish line. Money creates motivation and hard work…The ultimate goal in soceity is to save , make money and invest . thats the whole concept.
      I dont belive that people are lazy and stupid, i beleive that happiness and, oppurtunity creates its own success.
      There are 2 types of hard work…hard work with a finish line and hard work without. Too many people in the U.S are spoiled and born with a silver spoon in there mouth. Money = more money…thats why the middle class is getting wiped out, becuase the very rich control about 80% of the worlds money

  • SMASH THE CONTROL MACHINE

    ABUNDANCE OF HER DELICACIES!!!SOUND LIKE AMERICA??And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory. 2 And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying,

    Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. 3 For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.

    4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying,

    Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. 5 For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities. 6 Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double according to her works: in the cup which she hath filled fill to her double. 7 How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow. 8 Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her.

    9 And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning, 10 Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying,

    Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come.

    11 And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buyeth their merchandise any more: 12 The merchandise of gold, and silver, and precious stones, and of pearls, and fine linen, and purple, and silk, and scarlet, and all thyine wood, and all manner vessels of ivory, and all manner vessels of most precious wood, and of brass, and iron, and marble, 13 And cinnamon, and odours, and ointments, and frankincense, and wine, and oil, and fine flour, and wheat, and beasts, and sheep, and horses, and chariots, and slaves, and souls of men. 14 And the fruits that thy soul lusted after are departed from thee, and all things which were dainty and goodly are departed from thee, and thou shalt find them no more at all.

    15 The merchants of these things, which were made rich by her, shall stand afar off for the fear of her torment, weeping and wailing, 16 And saying,

    Alas, alas, that great city, that was clothed in fine linen, and purple, and scarlet, and decked with gold, and precious stones, and pearls! 17 For in one hour so great riches is come to nought.

    And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off, 18 And cried when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, What city is like unto this great city! 19 And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying,

    Alas, alas, that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! for in one hour is she made desolate. 20 Rejoice over her, thou heaven, and ye holy apostles and prophets; for God hath avenged you on her.

    21 And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying,

    Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all. 22 And the voice of harpers, and musicians, and of pipers, and trumpeters, shall be heard no more at all in thee; and no craftsman, of whatsoever craft he be, shall be found any more in thee; and the sound of a millstone shall be heard no more at all in thee; 23 And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived. 24 And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth

    1 And after these things I heard a great voice of much people in heaven, saying,
    Alleluia;
    Salvation, and glory, and honour, and power, unto the Lord our God: 2 For true and righteous are his judgments: for he hath judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and hath avenged the blood of his servants at her hand.
    3 And again they said,
    Alleluia.
    And her smoke rose up for ever and ever. TIME FOR A VICTORY SONG!!!!AND NOW YOU KNOW WHO BABYLON IS!!!

    • John

      You are one of few who see. Others are blinded by this fallen world and refuse to accept the truth but instead they follow the false teachings of their shepherds and false prophets. The Lord Jesus knew what the attitudes of the citizens of Babylon the Great would be. Thus the following:

      Revelation 18:7 – “In the measure that she glorified herself and lived luxuriously, in the same measure give her torment and sorrow; for she says in her heart, ‘I sit as queen, and am no widow, and will not see sorrow.’”

  • Eddie Slovak

    Those rich kids may not be rolling in money forever, but ugly lasts a lifetime. {shudders}

  • Maki
  • http://spiritof76.us/wordpress/ Pilgrim’s Pride

    I am a direct descendant of the Mayflower Pilgrims. Of almost-as-early-as-Plymouth Rock Puritans. Of French Huguenot former nobility that relinquished title and wealth for the love of their God. Of the men and women whose farm was the literal battlefield of Saratoga where father and son actually fought on opposite sides of the line, both dying from wounds suffered in that battle.

    God help us all in these United States. The children (and parents) that produce the photographs and their commentary may be legitimate United States citizens but they are no American. Not a one of them.

    American is an ethnicity and a way of life. What the “USers” seek and largely have today could not be further from what my American forefathers sacrificed, suffered, shed and spilled blood to leave me and my children as a legacy.

    To the devil with them all and may my LORD God Almighty have mercy on their souls. Every last one of the greedy and useless bastards.

    • Linda

      To you dear American.
      I am a foreigner and married to one whose heritage is of this soil. I believe it is sorrow and pain that shall bring out the true American. Those who make it will NOT be those sur-planted. It is those of whose blood and tears have been birthed into this land through the generations. I believe I will meet and see that true American and I will bless them to my dying breath.

  • Gary2

    Lets cut the BS about if we take all the rich money it will only make a small dent. Here are the facts:

    The bottom 50% make 1% of the national income. and the top make 90% and that only counts for money not hidden. There are conservative estimates that over $20 trillion is hidden in off shore accounts by Americans. I can bet none of it will be your money or that you will very be rich enough to evade taxes completely like thousands of super rich do, What do you personally get out of being a lackey for people who hold your blind loyalty and ignorance in contempt?

    As you can see there is plenty of money held by the rich that could be taken to pay off our debt. Stop believing the BS myth that if you take 100% blah blah.

    Why do you conservatives keep being lackies for the rich??This is especially true for you social conservatives who even though you keep getting thrown under the bus by your rich masters keep right on shilling for them. Wake up you foolish conservatives.

    • Florida Cracker

      You being the resident Communist, I can predict your solution. Tell us how that worked the Soviet Union, Cuba, North Korea…

      Stealing from the wealthy and re-distributing their wealth to you and others that feel deserving of the fruits of others’ labors doesn’t solve the problem of high unemployment and low wage jobs, things your Kenyan messiah is incapable of addressing. Once you buy a new car, a 56″ TV and Vegas vacation you’ll be back where you are right now….wanting more of someone else’s money.

      You can’t be fixed with Donald Trump’s money. You can only fix yourself. Don’t you think it’s about time you started?

      • DiscouragedOne

        I am only middle class, but I think the uber wealthy have probably protected their money from the U.S. government by now, they are not stupid. So that means more investment in China (or any place else but here where the business climate is so NOT friendly).

    • Malcolm Reynolds

      Awesome job Scrappy – you defend/recommend stealing hypothetical money from those that earned it with global dictatorship.

      Lol, you’re getting dumber by the day.

      Why do you keep being a lackey for dictators and would be mass murderers. I wont recommend you wake up because you just cant fix stupid.

      • paul

        Who is stealing the money from the worker in the first place?

        Tell us how to get obscenely rich.

        • DiscouragedOne

          I can tell you how to NOT get obscenely rich, and that is by making more regulations and trying to tax the crap out of everybody, so they just say the heck with the U.S.A. and move elsewhere. Have you not noticed the pattern?

    • DiscouragedOne

      Why do you think you can force the rich to give your their money? You know what they will do? They will leave and invest their money where they can make more money with it. Do you think they will sit back and let you confiscate their wealth, they have already protected it dude, don’t be a dolt. How they help us is investing so we get jobs, but by all this villainizing them, they are going elsewhere, and who can blame them? It is called cutting off your nose to spite your face. Rich people are not obligated to stay in the U.S.A., nor are they obligated to invest here, and they are certainly not obligated to give their money to any of us.

  • http://drgoldsite.wordpress.com Drgold

    I greatly agree with your comment re hedonistic America. In a few days, I will be posting on my website http://drgoldsite.wordpress.com America’s Coming Fiscal Cliff- January 2013. I also plan to use Revelation Ch 18 Commercial Babylon to describe America.

    America is between a rock & a hard place because of her excessive lifestyle & national debt. She will soon crumble- Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen- the like nursery rhyme ‘Ring around a rosy, a pocket full of posies, Ashes, Ashes, & we all fall down!’ Sounds like a prophetic nuclear disaster!

    • DiscouragedOne

      The sad thing is I don’t think it is the rich having more money they we in the middle or upper middle class that is going to kill us, it is the greed of all classes below them that is going to kill us, it already is. It makes Socialism look like an answer, when it is actually slavery.

  • SMASH THE CONTROL MACHINE

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    WHICH PILL WILL YOU TAKE????Marijuana & the Bible

    And I will raise up for them a plant of renown, and they shall be no more consumed with hunger in the land, neither bear the shame of the heathen any more. — Ezekiel 34:29
    “The Lord said unto me, ‘I will take my rest and I will consider in my dwelling place like a clear heat upon herbs.’ ” — Isaiah 18:4-5
    Jesus • Medical Marijuana • Relevant Quotes

    “Lord, when did we see thee sick or in prison and came unto thee?” And the King will answer and say unto them, “Verily I say unto you, inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethern, ye have done it unto me.” — Matthew 25:39-40

    Go forth, and visit a prisoner today. http://www.hr95.org

    What is the Word of God on the Cannabis plant?

    The hemp plant (scientific name: cannabis, slang: marijuana) is one of the many useful herbs “yielding seed after its kind” created and blessed by God on the third day of creation, “and God saw that it was good.” (Genesis 1:12) He gave hemp for people to use with our free will.

    God said, “Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed which is upon the face of all the earth.…To you it will be for meat.” … And God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. (Genesis 1:29-31) The Bible predicts some herb’s prohibition. “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times, some shall … speak lies in hypocrisy … commanding to abstain from meats which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth. (Paul: 1 Timothy 4:1-3)

    The Bible speaks of a special plant. “I will raise up for them a plant of renown, and they shall be no more consumed with hunger in the land, neither bear the shame of the heathen any more.” (Ezekiel 34:29) A healing plant. On either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare 12 manner of fruits, and yielding her fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. (Revelations 22:1-2) A gift from God.

    How was cannabis used in Biblical times and lands?

    Cannabis was used 12 ways: clothing, paper, cord, sails, fishnet, oil, sealant, incense, food, and in ceremony, relaxation and medicine. For so the Lord said unto me, “I will take my rest and I will consider in my dwelling place like a clear heat upon herbs. For afore harvest, when the bud is perfect and the sour grape is ripening in the flower, he shall cut off the sprigs with pruning hooks and take away and cut down the branches.” (Isaiah 18:4-5)

    What about cannabis today?

    Hemp today has thousands of uses. Modern technology has devised many new uses for the hemp plant&emdash;like biomass energy, building materials, fuel, plastic and so on. Hemp is ecological and its seed is among the best food crops on Earth. Selected varieties produce flowers that provide an herbal relaxant and a spiritual tool. Its herb is used globally as medicine.

    Does the Bible discuss drugs?

    Alcohol is the only drug openly discussed in the Bible, so it must serve as our reference. Wine is drunk during religious occasions such as Passover &emdash; the Last Supper of Jesus and His disciples. It remains a sacrament in modern church services.

    Jesus began his public life by miraculously turning water into wine at the Wedding at Cana (John 2:1-10) when the reception ran out. The Bible distinguishes between use and misuse. It says, Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish and wine unto those that be of heavy hearts. (Proverbs 31:6-7) but Woe unto them that … follow strong drink; that continue until night, till wine inflame them! (Isaiah 5:10)

    Yet the simple joys of drinking were also sung. He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth; And wine that maketh glad the heart of man and oil to make his face to shineth. (Psalm 104:14-15)

    Did Jesus speak about choice?

    He said not to criticize other people for their habits. “Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; that which cometh out of the mouth defileth a man.” (Mat. 15:11) The apostle Paul wrote, I know, and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus, that there is nothing unclean of itself: but to him that esteemeth anything to be unclean, to him it is unclean. … For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. (Paul: Romans 14:14,17)

    Did He speak of government?

    Jesus said to keep church and state apart. “Render therefore unto Caesar the things which be Caesar’s and unto God the things which be God’s.” (Luke 20:25) As we have seen, it was God, not government, who gave man the herbs to use. And it was government that put Jesus to death.

    Property forfeiture laws?

    He warned us about seizure and forfeiture laws. “Beware of the scribes which …devour widows’ houses…. The same shall receive greater damnation.” (Luke 20:46-47) Jesus, too, was a victim. The soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took His garments, and made four parts, to every soldier a part. (John. 19:33)

    What about the Drug War?

    Blessed are the peacemakers. (Matthew 5:9)

    It was God who created cannabis hemp and told mankind to use “every green herb” on Earth. The Bible speaks of mercy, healing and a persecution of God’s children. They persecute me wrongfully; help thou me. (Psalms 119:86) Prisons and drug wars do not save souls. The Lord… hath sent me to bind up the broken hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and the opening of the prison to them that are bound. (Isaiah 61:1)

    What should the ministry do?

    Teach God’s truth. Warn your congregation that the war on marijuana is unchristian and must be ended. My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge; because you have rejected knowledge, I will also reject you, that you will be no priest to Me … for I desired mercy and not sacrifice. (Hosea 4:6, 6:6)

    Remember: Every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused if it be received with thanksgiving…. If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine. (Paul: 1 Timothy 4:4-6)

    Summary analysis of the foregoing discussion

    What does the Bible say about marijuana? The Bible says that God created hemp for people to use “as meat,” (ie, to consume), that its seed oil is to be used as an ointment, and that cannabis is “to be received with thanks-giving of them which believe and know the truth.” Paul also warned that some people would “speak lies in hypocrisy” and prohibit us from using it.

    It also says that we “shall not bear false witness” about people who use cannabis, nor judge them because that judgement is reserved to the Lord. The Lord hates those who speak lies and sow discord among brethern. For those people harrassed and imprisoned for using cannabis rightfuly, Jesus offers these words of comfort, “Blessed are those persecuted for righteousness’s sake: For theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.”

    What would Jesus do regarding medical marijuana?

    Despite common knowledge and widespread scientific support, the federal government has for nearly 30 years kept cannabis in schedule 1 as a deliberate way to deny patients access to medical marijuana. This includes people suffering from asthma, cancer, migraine headache, chronic pain, spasticity, glaucoma, arthritis, and provides relief for many other conditions. As a result, people at various locations across the USA have had to risk and suffer years in prison for providing medical marijuana to patients as an act of compassion and personal conscience. What would Jesus do? He chose to break the law in order to heal the sick.

    “At that time Jesus went on the sabbath day through the corn, and his disciples were hungered, and began to pluck the ears of corn, and to eat. 2) But when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto him, Behold, thy disciples do that which is not lawful to do upon the sabbath day 3) But he said unto them, Have ye not read what David did, when he was hungered, and they that were with him? … 10) And, behold, there was a man which had his hand withered, And they asked him, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath days? that they might accuse him. 11) And he said unto them, What man shall there be among you, that shall have one sheep, and if it fall into a pit on the sabbath day, will he not lay hold on it and lift it out? 12) How much then is a man better than a sheep? Wherefore it is lawful to do well on the sabbath days. 13) Then saith he to the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it forth; and it was restored whole, like as the other. 14) Then the Pharisees went out, and held a council against him, how they might destroy him. 15) But when Jesus knew it, he withdrew himself from thence, and great multitudes followed him, and he healed them all; 16) And charged them that they should not make him known.” (Matthew 12: 1-2, 10-16) (also see Mark 3, Luke 13, John 9)

    Should people give blind obedience to government?

    Then came to Jesus scribes and Pharisees, which were of Jerusalem, saying, 2) Why do thy disciple transgress the tradition of the elders? for they wash not their hands when they eat bread.” 3) But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition? … 7) Ye hypocrites! … 12) Then came his disciples, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the Pharisees were offended, after they heard this saying? 13) But he answered and said, Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up. 14) Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind, And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch. (Matthew 15:1-3, 7, 12-14)

    Passages from the King James Bible that are relevant
    to the legal and moral status of Cannabis sativa, L.

    And the earth brought forth grass and herb yielding seed after its kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good. (Genesis 1:12)

    God said, “Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree in which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to everything that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.” And God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day. (Gen. 1:29-31)

    (No prohibition of cannabis or any other drug is made in the Ten Commandments: See Ex. 20:1-17)

    (Cannabis is mentioned in Ex. 30:23 but King James mistranslated it as ‘sweet calamus’) :
    Moreover, the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, 23 Take thou also unto thee principal spices, of pure myrrh five hundred shekels, and of sweet cinnamon half so much, even 250 shekels, and of qaneh-bosm [cannabis] 250 shekels, 24 And of cassia 500 shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary, and of oil olive an hin: 25 And thou shalt make it an oil of holy anointment, an ointment compound after the art of the apothecary: it shall be an holy anointing oil. 26 And thous shalt anoint the tabernacle of the congregation therewith, and the ark of the testimony, 27 And the table and all his vessels, and the candlestick ahd his vessels, and the altar of incense, 28 And the altar of burnt offerings with all his vessels, and the laver and his foot. 29 And thou shalt sanctify them, that they may be most holy: whatsoever toucheth them shall be holy. (Exodus 30:22-29)

    * As one shekel equals approximately 16.37 grams, this means that the THC from over 9 pounds of flowering cannabis tops were extracted into a hind, about 6.5 litres of oil. The entheogenic effects of such a solution — even when applied topically -would undoubtedly have been intense.
    He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth; And wine that maketh glad the heart of man and oil to make his face to shineth. (Psalm 104:14-15)

    The Lord said unto me, “I will take my rest and I will consider in my dwelling place like a clear heat upon herbs, and like a cloud of dew in the heat of harvest. For afore the harvest, when the bud is perfect and the sour grape is ripening in the flower, he shall cut off the sprigs with pruning hooks and take away and cut down the branches. (Is. 18:4-5)

    And I will raise up for them a plant of renown, and they shall be no more consumed with hunger in the land, neither bear the shame of the heathen any more. (Ezekiel 34:29)

    (Jesus:) “Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man.” (Matt. 15:11)

    One believeth that he may eat all things. Another…eateth herbs. … Let us not, therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumbling block or an occasion to fall in his brother’s way. I know, and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus, that there is nothing unclean of itself: but to him that esteemeth anything to be unclean, to him it is unclean. For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Ghost. (Epistle of St. Paul: Romans 14: 2,3,13,14,17)

    Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times, some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth. For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused if it be received with thanksgiving: For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer. If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, whereupon thou hast attained. (Paul: 1 Timothy 4:1-6)

    And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielding her fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. (Rev. 22:1-2)BOY!! DON’T WE NEED SOME HEALING OF THE NATIONS NOW???THE LONGEST POST I EVER MADE!!\

    • SMASH THE CONTROL MACHINE

      KICKING ASS AND TAKING NAMES!!

    • Malcolm Reynolds

      “And I will raise up for them a plant of renown, and they shall be no more consumed with hunger in the land”

      Clearly not talking about weed there Sparky.

      • Garland Inman

        Peanuts and cannabis fit this bill they have many of the same uses. Peanuts however kill some people. I do not advocate smoking of any substance carbon monoxide is a killer.

    • Mondobeyondo

      Hmmm. I take Advil, and it’s colored blue. Now I’m beginning to get scared.

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  • GSOB

    Materialsim, not weed, is what is being posted and discussed.

    By the way, I have never seen holy scriptures contorted in such way as to be supporting the use of grass, or hemp, as
    SMASH THE CONTROL MACHINE posted. A pipe dream to heaven sort of speak, or just a stretch to justify an addiction? I think I got a callus on my right index finger from scrolling through it, just to get to the end of that nonsense posted. Drugs of all sorts shows up and caters to a society that has placed a high value on materialism.

    But – economic materialism,
    positively, this materialism might be considered a pragmatic form of enlightened self-interest based on a prudent understanding of the character of capitalist society.
    Negatively, it is considered a crass, if not false, value system induced by the spell of commodity fetishism and void of more noble and worthy values.

  • R. T.

    Well, this article only shows us the problem but hardly discusses the real solution. And there is only one real solution, that is Jesus Christ! There’s no other answers that will work for us. God is our only hope! Seek Him while there’s still time!

    • Derek

      O, please. You’re putting your problems on to something that doesn’t exist. The solution to the problem is looking into yourself and asking the important questions “do I really need this?” or “why do I want this?” Believing in Jesus accomplishes none of those.

      Let’s leave religion out of this…rational discussion is destroyed by religious beliefs.

      • moses

        you are also a wicked greedy person a servant and children of the devil like 99.99% or more people . you have your kingdom on earth here such as many people too. hell and lake of fire awaits the sinners , by your fruits -works ,deeds and lifestyle you deny jesus christ , god jehovah and love your sins more than a lover of god you are antichrist and yes you are one of those in the last days prophecies .

  • Jon

    Is America the most materialistic society in the history of the world?:

    Well…..compared to what other country in the history of civilization that has provided so much for so many for such a long time at such cheap cost?

    Because of capitalism and entrepreneurial enterprise America leads the world in practically everything that has brought benefit to the world. We’ve even rebuilt nations that have been destroyed by war and every other calamity.

    Other nations could follow suit but they’re mired in socialism, marxism, islam and every other factor that destroys motivation and encourages creativity and invention. If you don’t believe me….name some things of value that nations in the mires have ever given humanity.

    • Paula New Zealand

      Wel Jon I oculd write a long list from just New Zealand and Australian for a start, but you like Sean Hannity are always saying there is NO other country like America…
      Just ignore all our soliders and NZ’s SAS soliders
      for a tiny start.
      Quite honestly the rest of the world gets sick of hearing how wonderful America is and they keep telling us with every breath, and the rest of us are just considered ‘chopped liver’
      Obviously you do not realise there is a God and he has children in other nations who also use his bludprint for life, who are not
      alwys mouting off about it, with e magaphone.

      • DiscouragedOne

        I guess it depends how much you value freedom?

      • Kent Perry, AZ.

        So you are sick of hearing how wonderful America is? HA HA HA I am sick of hearing about how evil she is or how racist she is. Why should America Apologize for this so called materialism. Seriously, what do YOU care about it?

        As for racism, No other Country is like America where you have so many different racial cultures living in the same Country. NONE. Is China not a Homogeneous Society? How about Japan? Korea? Egypt? Syria? Do you see as many races living there as you do in America? Of course not, yet we are told America is a racist Country when that is simply absurd. Sure racism exists in areas but until other Country’s can claim they are as diverse as we are and deal with that better than we do, they have NO room to talk.

        Sounds to me like the guy who wrote this article, is just another Jealous America Bashing Blowhard who thinks we give a rats ass about those who have the opinion, poverty is a virtue and that somehow by reminding everyone that Materialism doesn’t make one happy, is by no means the reason Americans have so many Material things or the reason we pursue such Material goods and services. The real reason we do it,,

        is because WE CAN.

  • Expat

    If you think America is shallow and materialistic (which it undeniably is), Asia will blow your mind! It is 10 times worse there. All women every asked me was how much money I made. It is all about image and name brand. China produces fake everything but they don’t want it. They want the real deal.

  • paul

    Religion is the opium of the masses.

    Sound familiar?

    • sam

      and atheism is not an opium what do you think its a solution? atheists are more hateful and oppressive than anyone I ever met. And constantly try to push their atheistic beliefs. Atheism has given us the most ruthless people in history such as Stalin and Lenin and many others. China is Atheistic look how hateful it is over their. Even Russia noble peace prize winner said Bolshevik revolution was caused by loss of God. People need God because he created us and will guide us to whats right Atheism does nothing but blind us and make us hopeless. Atheists live kind of like animals just going through life for pleasure and serving their own needs and making up their own awful moral codes.

      • val

        Im shaking my head here.

        Christians are responsible for far more deaths than athiests darlin.
        I am a devout believer in the Lord and Jesus, but I believe in NO religion. Religion is GREED and Lies. A true believer does not need to announce him or herself in front of others, and would listen to opposing arguments with and open and understanding mind.

      • BrianSheller

        Stalin wasn’t murdering people in the name of atheism, that’s the difference.

        It’s a little disingenuous to point out China as full of hateful atheists while a very large number of hateful, so-called Christians still find it not only acceptable, but righteous to oppress gay Americans.

        There is a great lack of reason in your post.

    • sam

      The real Solution to America and every nations problems is they need to truly follow Jesus Christ and all his teachings than will the world have peace,happiness and most importantly Love.

  • http://www.johncamanley.com John C. A. Manley

    Excellent article. Material desires breeds more desires because it is not fulfilling. Instead of feeling satisfied they only feel greater want and emptiness. Sadly, instead of being the most materialistic society in the history of the world America could have easily had become the most humanitarian, charitable and serving society in the history of the world.

  • Awake

    Fist time I ever posted, felt compelled. Blatant materialism sickens me. Michael glad you remembered a truck is a tool. Chrome covered u-conected shovels in the end is still a shovel. I have fixed way too many of them to be impressed anymore. One last shout-out to Gary2. Can’t say I agree with everything you print, but when you ain’t on a political rant I find your opposing view a valuable contrast. Prep if you want or stick yer head in the sand. WHEN this all pans out the only ones left are the THINKERS. out.

    • Michael

      Awake:

      I am glad you decided to post. :)

      Michael

  • Ben

    You are right. Of course. But very wrong too. Money may not buy happiness but poverty ALWAYS brings misery. I’m tired of being broke.

  • Louise in MO

    This is your best article, Michael, for it exposes the origin of our problems.

    The last few days there has been much coverage of the new “have to have” iPhone put out by Apple. Lines blocks long were shown. Some people actually slept on concrete overnight to be one of the first buyers. I found it pathetic.

    I could mention many “have to haves” that reach back decades. Remember the first “Trivial Pursuit” game or the “Cabbage Patch Doll?” Long lines then too.

    A good thing about aging is that you have a perspective that most of the youth does not have. The axion of “you can’t take it with you” is upon you and “things” just don’t have the appeal they once had.

    Americans are in for a very hard dose of reality very soon! Most are clueless, and some just won’t listen.

    Thank you, Michael, for sounding the alarm.

  • Henbane Capital

    You really believe that there are two nickles held in trust?
    Really?

  • Tiggs

    Seriously people? Where in the world did you get this as a religious article? Or an article about weed? Yes I get greed is one of the 7 deadly sins.

    Our society is all about instant gradification, and now! We need to take a step back and be happy with what we have, instead of being envious of what our neighbors have, which I do believe is another sin. Money doesnt buy happiness and its instant gradification is short lived. If we all start keeping that in mind, our lives will be better. The “family” is a myth now, it needs to be reality!

  • Subhash

    In India, we were very poor before 1990s but still we knew how to be happy just earning to have bread and clothes in the village. After economic reformations started in India (i.e. selling our nations to rich people around the world) we lost most valuable things in life that your article has pointed out correctly. Today, many people can afford car and other luxuries but have forgotten happiness since life has become too busy and no time to rest and retrospect due to 24 hours TV and 100s of channels. We benefited from globalization monetarily but at the cost of happiness, caring, spirituality etc.

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  • Deanna Clark

    The Sermon on the Mount, Matthew 5-7, lays it all out in plain words…

    But another kind of religion is not so pure.

    My family was burned and starved out of Dornoch, Scotland in the 19th century by the wool corporations. The ministers in the Calvinist churches preached that the poor farmers were inferior and deserved God’s scorn…like American Indians, or many other “untermunchen” in the way of “progress”.

    Just a word of caution…all religion or spirituality isn’t innocent or full of sweetness and Light. All the world’s religions have been corrupted by money and snobbery and self-justifying rules. It isn’t enough to be pious and religious. Read Matthew 5-7.

    • faseic

      What are you talking about? In what way for example has Christianity been corrupted? Catholic Church teachings which is the oldest church has stayed the same. yes their have been bad greedy people but that goes for all institutions,belief systems including atheists. And again when it comes to Christianity the teachings have never changed only people have misinterpreted it like the Protestants! For example Catholic Bibles are copied from very ancient biblical books which the church still has.

      • val

        Are you serious?? Please, for the love of God, read about your own Religion before you spout. I can think of two things that the Catholic religion is responsible for…..the Reformation and the Inquisition. Both were horrible massacres of innocent men, women and children.

        If you wanted to actually know the truth then you would research the truth. How about for starters…..Where did the Bible come from?

      • Roger Eikenberry

        uuuuuhhhhh, remember The Crusades?

        • Roger Eikenberry

          uuuuuuuhhh, you won’t find the Book of Enoch in your Catholic bible?

  • http://twitter.com/djdawkins36 Hassan Snap

    Yeah, Americans are materialistic but honestly, I don’t think there insanely more materialistic than many of the other countries I’ve been in. Honestly, I think sometimes that Indians are more. Indians judge a person by college education, job, and wealth. Americans don’t do that as much.

    • Yemi

      The difference between American and India in terms of what your
      definition of materialism is that America loves materials that are not
      necessarily needed, we look forward to having the nicest cars, biggest
      house, latest phones etc
      The example of India is gave does not
      necessarily follow because having a college education and a secure job
      are matters of being a productive individual in society. I’m not saying
      those people in India don’t have the biggest houses or latest phones but
      i am saying they don’t necessarily make it a big deal if they don’t
      have those things.

  • JPH

    This is an excellent article. I’m surrounded by materialistic people. I used to be guilty of it also to some degree. During my teens, early 20’s and well into my mid 30’s I sought certain “things” that I believed would bring me eternal happiness by acquiring. In my late 30’s and approaching 40 I’ve taken the minimalist approach. I now earn less money yearly than I did in my 20’s but somehow I’m much happier. My focus isn’t on things anymore. I spend money only on what I need. I see people all around me doing what I used to do. Spending and sinking in debt while trying to fill a bottomless void of misery, and they can’t figure out why happiness eludes them.

    I suppose I’ve always been somewhat mindful of spending though. At nearly 40 years old I have never purchased a brand new car and never intend to.. I buy good used vehicles and run them until they die. I know people who live on a similar income to mine and they buy new cars every 3 to 4 years. People like that fit the materialistic bill perfectly.

    I do desire to travel to places of interest. Travel costs money, however, I will always believe that money spent on experiences (rather than on things) is money well spent.

    At this point in my life, all I want is Love, Happiness, and Health. Fortunately I have all three and here’s some news for those who love to flash their financial wealth: No amount of money will ever buy you any of those 3 things.

  • Inca_trail99

    The church has some part in all of this. They’ve spent so much time alienating lots of people with irrational, hurtful and divisive beliefs that they are blind to the much larger issue of the massive gaping hole growing in society, that is filled with materialism. The forest isn’t being seen for the trees.

    Arrogance, hubris, judgement and self-righteous pontification instead of humble compassion, gentleness and unconditional love is leading to their downfall, and our materialism as a response.

  • The_C_Guy

    The real question is whether materialism is trumping Christianity. Do we love our neighbors or shun and ignore those who are poor. Do rich people ever talk to poor people? When is that last time a millionaire had lunch with someone who earns $15,000 a year? Everyday at Walmart is Christmas. Condos and large trucks are replacing God and family. Yes. Materialism is bad only when people start to shun others who are not as prosperous then others.

    • Vick

      Reminds me of my experiences when growing up. I wasn’t poor though, Dad a doctor, mom a store manager. Me befriending some friends from small farm town communities during my college years made me realize that most people don’t drive Mercedes Benz’, have large homes with 3+ car garages, 20ft great room ceilings (or even have a great room). Granted there were a lot of rich suburban kids like me at my college, I just hung out with more humble ones and those who weren’t rich and realized just how different the country actually was and how wrong I was.

      Poor kids were made fun of in my community. Everyone gloated about the fancy designer clothes they wore or the kind of car their parents drove. Going to a community college was/still is a sign of being dumb and poor, we were always chided in our schools that if we didn’t not get good grades we’d go to a community college (as if it was a dead end).

      My farm buddies got pissed off when I said that everyone drives MBs, Audis, Jags, BMWs, Cadillacs, etc. Because in Bloomfield hills, Birmingham, Royal Oak, Franklin, (in Michigan) it was all I had ever seen and had never thought about how the rest of the country lives.

      But capitalism and consumerism are a part of the “American Dream”, so I don’t know what should be done.

  • ivotedforbush4x

    US Americans not only are the most materialistic, they’re also the most deceptively superficial and useless. They adhere to completely different standards and backward definitions of those standards. For example, in virtually any non Westernized country, the definition of “honest work” is the production of tangible goods. In Westernized countries like the USA, the definition in its entirety is the act of being physically present at one’s location of employment and the time spent there, whether or not any goods are produced. In other words, Americans, quite literally, are being paid to do nothing but exist; to peddle goods, that someone else honestly worked tirelessly to produce, at criminal markup. That is mercantilism at its finest and there exists reasons why they carry such negative stigma throughout history. They are liars, cheaters, stealers; outright scumbags. So no, what you make and own is not an accurate reflection of your work ethic and character, particularly if you live in the USA, where all sense and logic is out the window. In fact, just the act of fleeing to USA for the sake of a “better life” exposes your greedy desire to be rewarded more than you deserve, and if you’re born there, forget about it. You’re already indoctrinated beyond repair.

  • B

    I don’t know about some of these comments. A lot of people assume that you have to be all or nothing when it comes to material. But it’s really not true… I mean, for example. I like fast cars and open air bikes/vehicles. To me an enjoyable vehicle is a true experience in itself. But I wouldn’t make an awful economic decision and buy a brand new car for that unless the cost is worth the experience. Another thing is having a fair chunk of money shows that you can provide a happy lifestyle with a fair amount of power in society. Having millions isn’t necessary but middle tier or above is typically found desirable. You also can get freedom with money, I love healthy and organic food and honestly it costs a premium that one without much money couldn’t afford. Same with traveling somewhere and enjoying the experiences in life.

    All in all, a lot of material goods these days are about EXPERIENCE, most Americans don’t want a golden toilet even if they’re well off. So it’s pretty rational that one would desire a little leverage in society. And if you’re judging everyone with a nice car or with new clothes or a lot of money as an out of place, greedy idiot, then you’re just as bad as people who view others with less income poorly.

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