I was vaguely disturbed by this answer.
There are children in this world that don't have enough food in their bellies or a bed to sleep in, and yet there are some who want for nothing except "more things".
I don't begrudge my niece her answer. I am just as guilty of the "thing" pursuit as anyone. The ease with which I whip out my credit card on a whim is comparable to falling asleep at night. And the fact of the matter is I work very hard for my money, I can afford "the things", and I enjoy them, and when I have kids there is not a doubt in my mind that I will want my child to "have all the things!!!", too. Apparently this is part of the American Dream. But there is something unsettling about it.
When I was in my early 20's I spent my money on experiences (as well as alcohol and cocktail dresses), but as the responsibilities of being an obsessed pet owner and loyal Account Manager have increased there has been a shift of where and how I spend. Some of its for the better, I love my fitness and meditation classes, but some of it is just a waste-eating out 37 days in a row for 2 meals a day, loading up on my Kindle when I could read a book every 2 days instead of going to a Library, countless magazine subscriptions (7) that I don't read until I travel by plane, mindless trips to Target, so much online shopping my Apartment Office lady thinks I have an addiction. She may or may not be right.
Consumerism is a part of our culture. But just because something is a part of our culture does that make it right? Especially in a culture that celebrates more! more! more! What about moderation?
As I learn more about moderation I'm noticing our culture scorns it, and I, like my niece, have been swept up in a tide of consumerism; and it doesn't make me feel wealthy. In fact all this more makes me feel less. I need to check my consumerism before consumerism consumes me. So that brings me to my question-how have you all curbed your consumerism? Do you think about it? Whats worth it? Whats not?