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I Am Not Materialistic

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    Material Riches - "Possession of material riches, without inner peace, is like dying of thirst while bathing in a lake." ~ Paramahansa Yogananda
    sciguy18 sciguy18 51-55, M 1 Response Apr 3, 2013

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    Living In The Material World - I have had more than a tolerable number of people question (or outright chastise) my lack of materialism.A former girlfriend constantly badgered me...
    sciguy18 sciguy18 51-55, M 21 Responses Jul 19, 2011

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    I Am Not Materialistic - But I Think Style ( In The Form Of Strength ) Matters. - Style comes in a material package and we live in a material society ! Sometimes we do things to...
    woodland27 woodland27 41-45, M 1 Response Jun 21, 2012

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    One of the problems living in a capitalist world is the promotion of materialism. They many business that all they care about is your money. If you live beyond your needs being a...
    ChillyWilly82 ChillyWilly82 31-35, M 1 Response Jan 24

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    I have taken a back seat on relentless materialism and our mindless consumer culture. I have a simple life based on the natural world and people where ever possible. I am also keen...
    artymike8 artymike8 41-45, M 1 Response Mar 25

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    Bass Ackwards - "Often people attempt to live their lives backwards; they try to have more things, or more money, in order to do more of what they want, so they will be happier...
    sciguy18 sciguy18 51-55, M 2 Responses Oct 12, 2012

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    Burnt - it was 3rd of march 2006, i had just finnished painting my house....it was finnaly complete,the old decreped house i had shifted into 6months earlier was now a beautiful...
    bohemianbeauty72 bohemianbeauty72 36-40, F 3 Responses Apr 26, 2009

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    What Makes Me Happy - I drive a 1980 Mazda 929. It's awful to look at but it gets me from point A to point B. I don't spend a lot of money on clothing, though if I had more money I...
    MamaMoopsie MamaMoopsie 22-25, F 4 Responses May 31, 2008

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    Traveling Light - This is the second time in my life where I've had to start completely over from scratch. It really doesn't bother me. The more possessions I own, the more...
    OneDamnMegis OneDamnMegis 31-35, M 1 Response Nov 4, 2013

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    Not Really - I'm not stupid either, where we live, we need some material things. But I don't own much, and I don't want to. I have a fridge for my food, practical stuff, like a...
    WickedScullyOfTheWest WickedScullyOfTheWest 31-35, F Sep 26, 2013

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    I Live A Modest Life Style - No need for extravagance in my life. I try to keep my life as simple as possible. Just the basics will do. I make enough to live. I own a small house...
    Toliveandlearn Toliveandlearn 31-35, M 2 Responses Dec 12, 2012

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    The Paradox Of Living. - i heard this from a good mentor of mine and it's worth the share. we tend to desire material things like gadgets, diamonds etc. but when we think about it...
    coffeelatte coffeelatte 22-25, F Jul 9, 2013

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    A Pig Is Still a Pig - I don't think labels make you a better person or give you instant credibility.  If a pig puts on Gucci or Armani, it is still a pig. 
    SSCheerMO SSCheerMO 46-50, F 3 Responses Oct 7, 2007

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    Things - Every where I go I find people who define their self worth by the 'things' they own. Your house, car, boat, jewelery, home theatre system, tv, or computer does not add...
    k1nudey k1nudey 41-45, M 5 Responses Dec 4, 2008

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    Dumpster Diver - I used to have many things.  I came from a family that was well off and I had pretty much everything I wanted and needed.  I had my first car bought for...
    vampireheart vampireheart 31-35, T 2 Responses Aug 31, 2008

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    Not Me! - I grew up poor and didn't have many things. Though, I wanted everything that the other children had. It made me sad for a very long time. Then, when I turned 15, our...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Dec 5, 2008

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    Unnecessary - "He who buys what he does not need, steals from himself." ~ Swedish Proverb
    sciguy18 sciguy18 51-55, M 1 Response Mar 19, 2013

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    You Can't Buy Happiness - Money can provide the means, But there is a spiritual ingredient to happiness
    LordVoldemort LordVoldemort 36-40, F 8 Responses Oct 11, 2010

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    Mall-O-Phobia - I'm ok for a quick period of time. Once in awhile I will visit a mall for like a greeting card from spencers or replacement parts for one of my many piercings at...
    mierdamundo mierdamundo 31-35 2 Responses Sep 1, 2013

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    Things Are Only Temporary - Being materialistic is pointless. Nothing is gonna last forever. Your cell phone won't last forever. Your car won't last forever. Your tv won't last...
    staystrong11 staystrong11 18-21, F 1 Response Jun 30, 2010

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    Un-material Girl - I guess it's because we moved a lot. And with me being the youngest child, I had a lot of hand-me-downs, so nothing was really mine. I have, however, held on to...
    AttackOfTheSara AttackOfTheSara 26-30, F 1 Response Jul 30, 2011

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    I'm Not Sure What It Is... - But I'm happy with the simple things in life now. Maybe it's my maturity. Maybe it's knowing that my earnings potential will never be in the millions...
    dangerously39 dangerously39 51-55, M 2 Responses May 16, 2012

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    People Amaze Me... - I just cant be materialistic, growing up there were times when I would have no health or dental insurance or listened to some basic need that we could not get...
    HowAboutNoScott HowAboutNoScott 22-25, M 1 Response Jan 8, 2010

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    I'm Just A Simple Girl - –noun 1. a person who is markedly more concerned with material things than with spiritual, intellectual, or cultural values. This partial...
    SeriouslySappy SeriouslySappy 51-55, F 9 Responses Oct 10, 2010

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    Advertisements - I tune them out. You could be sitting next to me watching a commercial, me looking straight at it. Afterwards tell me "hey that looks cool I should buy one" I'll...
    mierdamundo mierdamundo 31-35 Jun 3, 2013

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    Nothing gets on my nerves more than when people -even my parents sometimes- are so concerned about what you have or the way you look or the way you represent yourself. None of that...
    PteMatriarch PteMatriarch 13-15, F 4 days ago

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    To An Extent, Everyone Can Be A Little Materialistic - Practically all of us desire things of a materialistic stature. But it's how far and how extreme that longing for...
    ellaballerina ellaballerina 18-21, F Oct 26, 2012

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    Replaced - Let's start somewhere obvious: It's nice to have stuff.  That's a point that's pretty hard to debate.  We all like to have some things.  For that matter, we all need...
    Plaid Plaid 31-35, F 1 Response Jul 31, 2012

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    Enough - “Unnecessary possessions are unnecessary burdens. If you have them, you have to take care of them! There is great freedom in simplicity of living. It is those who have...
    sciguy18 sciguy18 51-55, M Mar 18, 2013

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    Every Minute Every Second Buy Buy Buy Buy Buy - Walk into the refrigerator Door's close Light's are out Ball game's on What a splendid pie?Pizza, pizza pie Every minute, every...
    mierdamundo mierdamundo 31-35 1 Response Jul 13, 2013

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    Why Ground Your Soul, If Its Meant To Soar? - I may not be a conformist... I may not be affiliated to a political party or any religious group... I could care less what your race...
    Ferric67 Ferric67 36-40, M 3 Responses Dec 13, 2012

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    Not The Least - If I could, I would live of love and fresh water lol Yet I have to be realistic, it's not possible. Let's say I'm happy with the little I have materially, the more...
    deleted deleted 26-30 May 25, 2012

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    Impoverished - "Some people are so poor, all they have is money." ~ Unknown
    sciguy18 sciguy18 51-55, M Oct 27, 2012

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    Papers Please... - i think that it is absolutely amazing ust how shallow and materialistic people have become.  Whatever happened to loving someone for who they are not what...
    jsigel511 jsigel511 26-30 2 Responses Jun 2, 2008

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    We All Need to Have a Smaller Footprint - I look at what is going on around me and sometimes wonder why we need all this stuff.  Yes I am typing on a computer but it is a work...
    loopnscc loopnscc 46-50, M 2 Responses Sep 13, 2008

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    I'm Not, But I Do Demand A Lot - There are positive and negative aspects of being with someone non-materialistic like myself. On a positive note, I don't drain my husbands bank...
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Jul 3, 2011

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    Abundance - "Not what we have, but what we enjoy, constitutes our abundance." ~ John Petit-Senn
    sciguy18 sciguy18 51-55, M 4 Responses Mar 16, 2013

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    Cars &Amp; People - I think it's pretty sad that people will spend a small fortune on a car that they cannot fix themselves. The auto industry and auto repair industries are the...
    dynamicduo00 dynamicduo00 46-50 1 Response May 6, 2013

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    A Simpler Life -            There seems to be the idea that the more we have the more we need, and the more we need the more we want. It seems to be a never ending cycle that...
    kudos2010 kudos2010 26-30, F Sep 6, 2012

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    I Don't Demand Anything. - I admit it I want things. I just don't demand what I want and act like it's the end of the world if I don't get it. I want the love and compassion of...
    Tara277 Tara277 26-30, F May 18, 2012

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    Spend Wisely - "Too many people spend money they haven’t earned, to buy things they don’t want, to impress people they don’t like." ~ Will Rogers
    sciguy18 sciguy18 51-55, M Jul 30, 2012

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    The Things You Own Begin To Own You - This birthday, no one knew what to get me because there is genuinely nothing I want. Everything I need is in the forest, and I would rather...
    Fernwolf Fernwolf 18-21, F 6 Responses Dec 25, 2012

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    Necessity - Though I sometimes fall to compulsive buying, I basicaly am not materialistic. But then I buy goods with long life. I don't buy things that won't last more than it can...
    ladyryan ladyryan 41-45, F 3 Responses Oct 6, 2011

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    Consumerism Is Ugly . - I have never been materialistic or a huge consumer , labels mean nothing to me . In fact those who are label wh0res are amusing , they aren't bright enough...
    Smackhead Smackhead 70+, F 3 Responses May 11, 2013

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    I Am Not Materialistic - As long as i have a warm bed, cold water, and decent food i guess i could get by. I have things like my guitar that i enjoy. i don't consider it a...
    Arorin Arorin 22-25, M 6 Responses Jan 25, 2009

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    It Stays After I Go - When I was a teen I used to hold on to everything mainly because I thought that's what people did to savor a memory. After moving a few times it became...
    deleted deleted 26-30 10 Responses Sep 21, 2011

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    More Stuff - "Many wealthy people are little more than the janitors of their possessions." ~ Frank Lloyd Wright
    sciguy18 sciguy18 51-55, M 1 Response Jan 8, 2013

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    Magpies And Peacocks - Like many people here I’ve never been one for possessions, status symbols or the like. I judge people on how they respond to me rather than by what they...
    deleted deleted 26-30 5 Responses Dec 14, 2011

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    I'm Not. Not So Much For My Sister. - So this is something that has always bothered me. I have never judged people by what they owned and I never felt it necessary to always own...
    Elaine19 Elaine19 18-21, F Jul 24, 2012

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    Not How K.l. Rolls - I don't need Fancy cars, Diamonds, Huge houses, Or Anything Like that as Long as it's me and my baby I am satisfied. If I had the choice to be poor and happy...
    matthewsmommy matthewsmommy 18-21, F 1 Response Jun 2, 2008

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