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I agree. I think if we really want to make some kind of a political statement out of it, we should be looking at the median income in PPP. More importantly, we should be looking at the deviations. If there are two people living in a country with a median income of 2 million dollars, it could still mean that one person makes a buck a year, and the other one makes 4 mil. The context is important.
Sure, people are materialistic and status-oriented. As a result, they associate happiness, peer respect, and accomplishment with how much stuff they acquire. There's nothing wrong with consumerism in my estimation. It would be silly to argue that European cultures are not consumer-driven. The larger issue here is, is that all we have out there? Is that what makes up the fabric of our societies?
Thanks!

Mikhail from SF
by Tsarrio (dj_tsar@yahoo.com) on Mon Oct 31st, 2005 at 12:38:23 PM EST
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