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I Am Not Materialistic

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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, culture, ethnicity, gender, religion or sexual orientation is... I care to own nothing... I don't even like receiving gifts... I respect others...
    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 important to me is my cats, friends and family. Then if one day if I'm able to make a best-seller, I'm not even sure...
    deleted deleted 26-30 May 25, 2012

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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 to see how they are being swindled and played .Who the hell wants to keep up with the Jones , shallow , easily lead...
    Smackhead Smackhead 70+, F 3 Responses May 11, 2013

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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, what are really the most valuable in life? these are good health, love of family and friends, our talents, our creative...
    coffeelatte coffeelatte 22-25, F Jul 9, 2013

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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 ridiculous but the thought of getting rid of things wouldn't processes through my brain. After I started having kids and the...
    deleted deleted 26-30 10 Responses Sep 21, 2011

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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 materialistic person and become broke and or homeless, most of those business careless. When I buy my clothing I don't need to buy the most...
    ChillyWilly82 ChillyWilly82 31-35, M 1 Response Jan 24

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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. Maybe it's being happy with what I have (and am). Or maybe it's just being thankful for what I have. A roof over my head (in a...
    dangerously39 dangerously39 51-55, M 2 Responses May 16, 2012

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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 biggest con artist there are. I like to fix my own cars because, I do better work, much cheaper, and I've learned a lot...
    dynamicduo00 dynamicduo00 46-50 1 Response May 6, 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 matters because if you really cared about who I was, then you'd get to know me. And not only do I hate materialistic but people...
    PteMatriarch PteMatriarch 13-15, F 6 days ago

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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 definition comes from Dictionary.com     I wanted to make sure I knew what I was talking about ... lol. I think...
    SeriouslySappy SeriouslySappy 51-55, F 9 Responses Oct 10, 2010

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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 cluttered I feel and the crazier I get. I'm better off traveling light, for my own sanity.
    OneDamnMegis OneDamnMegis 31-35, M 1 Response Nov 4, 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 seems to be the way of life for most people. The more and more I see the more, and more I want: the newest, the...
    kudos2010 kudos2010 26-30, F Sep 6, 2012

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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 keep. Speaking only from my own experience of life, those who I have met, those who peacock their way through life and...
    deleted deleted 26-30 5 Responses Dec 14, 2011

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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. The way it actually works is the reverse. You must first be who you really are, then do what you need to do, in order...
    sciguy18 sciguy18 51-55, M 2 Responses Oct 12, 2012

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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 just say huh? Buy what?
    mierdamundo mierdamundo 31-35 Jun 3, 2013

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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 they can give you?... it seems that everywhere i turn i'm not considered "good enough" because either i dont...
    jsigel511 jsigel511 26-30 2 Responses Jun 2, 2008

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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 on animals as they much simpler and honest to deal with!
    artymike8 artymike8 41-45, M 1 Response Mar 25

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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 people more than I want the most expensive non helpful thing. I have given so much of my things to people who had less than me and...
    Tara277 Tara277 26-30, F May 18, 2012

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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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    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 in an older neighborhood. I drive a reliable beater that has taken me as far as 800 miles. No need for brand name clothes to show...
    Toliveandlearn Toliveandlearn 31-35, M 2 Responses Dec 12, 2012

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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 system and yes I have a dsl line at home, but after that I would say that's is one of my few extras.  I wish I could limit other parts...
    loopnscc loopnscc 46-50, M 2 Responses Sep 13, 2008

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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 value to your personal worth. The only thing that can do that is your actions.
    k1nudey k1nudey 41-45, M 5 Responses Dec 4, 2008

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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 materialistc posestion because one day i will use it to make a living.
    Arorin Arorin 22-25, M 6 Responses Jan 25, 2009

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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 account buying new curtains and furniture every other month.  Like most people, having financial security is important, but that does...
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Jul 3, 2011

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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 to buy a new car. Now the car WAS old, but it was comfortable, in good running condition and perfectly safe. It was like a broken...
    sciguy18 sciguy18 51-55, M 21 Responses Jul 19, 2011

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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 certain things.But I don't need much.  I can and have lived out of a single bag and a purse.  Even now I...
    Plaid Plaid 31-35, F 1 Response Jul 31, 2012

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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 washing machine, honeslty, I used to go to the laundry "corner", it sucks, a bed to sleep, a bathroom is useful, as...
    WickedScullyOfTheWest WickedScullyOfTheWest 31-35, F Sep 26, 2013

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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 the new best thing. Sure, shopping can lift my spirits at times and I love the smell of new clothes. However, shopping at a thrift store can...
    Elaine19 Elaine19 18-21, F Jul 24, 2012

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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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    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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    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 me before I even had my license.  Up until the age of 22, I could even buy whatever I wanted because my credit...
    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 family was no longer poor and I bought everything that my peers had and more! XD The only thing was... I thought...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Dec 5, 2008

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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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    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 keep up with the joneses -
    woodland27 woodland27 41-45, M 1 Response Jun 21, 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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    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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    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 forever. Your jewelry will get old and rust at some point. Your watch could get stolen. Being dedicated and obsessed with material...
    staystrong11 staystrong11 18-21, F 1 Response Jun 30, 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 the body jewelry kiosk. That is if there is no place else nearby which sells the same sh*t. Like I said, just a quick...
    mierdamundo mierdamundo 31-35 2 Responses Sep 1, 2013

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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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    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 make it by hand anyway. Having "things" just ties you down, forces you to lug them around, and often forces you to stay within the confines...
    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 serve it's purpose. I base my shopping sprees to necessity and practicality.
    ladyryan ladyryan 41-45, F 3 Responses Oct 6, 2011

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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 a dainty pair of porcelain ballet shoes, I thought my Grandma made them..but turns out it was my Great Aunt, whom I...
    AttackOfTheSara AttackOfTheSara 26-30, F 1 Response Jul 30, 2011

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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 or do until money was saved. So when i see or hear people compare a tv size or a cell phone that does this or that I just...
    HowAboutNoScott HowAboutNoScott 22-25, M 1 Response Jan 8, 2010

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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 enough, but not too much, who are the happiest.” ~ Peace Pilgrim
    sciguy18 sciguy18 51-55, M Mar 18, 2013

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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 would buy more clothing. I don't need it though. I really don't need much of anything. I make do with a beat up car, a...
    MamaMoopsie MamaMoopsie 22-25, F 4 Responses May 31, 2008

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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 or Rich with everything.. I would choose to be poor and Happy. Because What are you going to do with Money, cars, Cashmere...
    matthewsmommy matthewsmommy 18-21, F 1 Response Jun 2, 2008

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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 second Buy, buy, buy, buy, buy What a splendid pie?Pizza, pizza pie Every minute, every second Buy, buy, buy, buy, buy Pepperoni and green peppers...
    mierdamundo mierdamundo 31-35 1 Response Jul 13, 2013

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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 character home...satisfaction oowsed from my paws.little did i know that when i went to sleep that night that...
    bohemianbeauty72 bohemianbeauty72 36-40, F 3 Responses Apr 26, 2009

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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 "materialistic" things that counts. If you get the point when you actually believe money buys happiness-that's when you need to start worrying. Money (whether we...
    ellaballerina ellaballerina 18-21, F Oct 26, 2012

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    To give and receive gifts is a wonderful thing in our life, it all has to do with love. If someone has no money, and also want to give a gift from out of their heart to the person...
    nivanvc nivanvc 36-40, M Mar 30

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    Since last year I read a lot about philosophy, ethics, political theory an alternative economy. Nice books by father and son Skidelsky, Fernando Savater and Richard Sennett...
    MartenBoots MartenBoots 41-45, M 1 Response Mar 20

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    Being human is not an easy task, because everybody is not born with silver spoons in their mouths, or is gifted with the exceptional gifts of good family, friends or health. And...
    Adreamer14 Adreamer14 22-25, F 9 Responses Mar 22

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    I hate money hungry *******! I hate how if a guy doesn't have enough money a girl won't go for him. The last thing i look for in a girl is how much money she makes. It's so...
    Wickard1983 Wickard1983 26-30, M Mar 23

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    My boyfriend of 3 1/2 years is married. Finally..finally...starting the divorce process. But I think its too late, I dont think I can deal with it anymore. So he was married...
    Marieflwr1 Marieflwr1 22-25, F Mar 25

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    I use people. I take what I can sometimes I'm only nice to boys who I know like me I am cruel and I judge. I lie and act nice to get my way. I feel bad but Idk I always see people...
    Danielle1995195 Danielle1995195 18-21, F 5 Responses Mar 25

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