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--Since I keep railing against materialism this thread might be a good jumping off point for a discussion of how people will validate their existence if they can't do it via "stuff". What will be the important values that they should adopt instead? This is important because we are running out of the raw materials to make the "stuff" out of so we need to find other goals in life.

I think people validate their existance through status, and "stuff" is one of the ways to acquire status.

So, the question is how to have a competition for status that isn't resource-heavy. And, of course, since status is a psychosocial phenomenon there's no reason why status should cost the earth.

In fact, as less and less stuff becomes available people will be forced off "stuff" as a status market, and access to "stuff" (concentrated natural resources) will be the mark of the superwealthy.

Most economists teach a theoretical framework that has been shown to be fundamentally useless. -- James K. Galbraith

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Jan 12th, 2009 at 10:08:12 AM EST
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