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I Am Not Materialistic

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    The Story Of Stuff!

    I found this interesting! Even a bit concerning http://www.storyofstuff.org/movies-all/story-of-stuff/
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Mar 27, 2012

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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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    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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    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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    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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    But...I real end some new sneakers!

    I work out 6x a week and my sneakers have become too big and my feet move around in them!! I also need some new workout gear. I only have 2 pairs of workout pants. I'm not complaining, it's just frustrating.
    Lovelywildflower Lovelywildflower 36-40, F 1 Response Jul 12

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    I am a happy person with very simple needs.

    I love my family, pets and friends. As long as the people in my life are well and I have my morning coffee my day goes quite well:-)
    deleted deleted 26-30 4 Responses Jul 9

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    There's not a day that goes by

    that I'm not wearing a T-shirt. I don't understand why it's so important for women to own the most expensive things. I won't deny that wearing something glamorous isn't fun, but you don't need that ALL the time!
    Tailia12 Tailia12 16-17, F Jun 22

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    This statement is not true

    for me totally. I am 75% Materialistic. I want comfortable living. Happy go lucky style. I want a family my own. I want Peace and Tranquility in life. I want SICKO.Islam;s daughter out of my life. WHose mother is in a Mental Institute. I want her Pink Stuff baby father to use...
    lifeinpresion lifeinpresion 41-45, F 1 Response Jul 17

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    Are there material things

    that I want to have? Sure. But I don't define myself by them. I suppose it's more about what I can do with them.
    utahwriter utahwriter 36-40, M Jun 7

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    On my mother's side is wealth

    and obsession with money, and on my father's a focus on education. I don't say money is unimportant. Of course all need a certain amount of money to live in a reasonable, healthy and happy way. But I am not materialistic. I saw what the love of money can do to people, and...
    Literaturegirl Literaturegirl 46-50, F 7 Responses Jun 16

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    The system that has failed the population of

    the world promotes materialism, as a means to perpetuate the movements of wealth, and the accumulation of monies for those who hold all the strings. I buy only what I need to live, no more. I don't waste my monies on this worshipful slight of hand. I buy one thing and give...
    Bourgault Bourgault 22-25, F Jun 22

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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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    I am a happy person with very simple needs.

    I love my family, pets and friends. As long as the people in my life are well and I have my morning coffee my day goes quite well:-)
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Jul 9

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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 Apr 13

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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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    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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    My son was watching a movie on VH1 earlier,

    and he went to bed and it was still on that channel. I wasn't paying attention to the TV, but something caught my attention. It was "Fabulous Life of Kim and Kanye". I couldn't care less about them or their nonsense, but what caught my ear was that this show was all about the...
    RaverFan RaverFan 41-45 4 Responses Jul 4

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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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    I Am Not Materialistic

    I love a thrift find, to recycle and reuse, redesign and just create so much better than having to keep up with pretentious purchasing like $500 purses and the must-have jewelry of the moment.
    jennyandthebets jennyandthebets 46-50, F 1 Response Sep 2, 2013

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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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    The Soul Of The Things

    I don't know if I'm alone with that but I love old things. Someone built them and if I bought something second hand, this furniture or whatever it is, meant something to someone. I can't replace things that still work, it feels like abandon an old friend. On the other hand, if I...
    RickiChickie RickiChickie 46-50, F 5 Responses Jan 27, 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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    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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    I am a happy person with very simple needs.

    I love my family, pets and friends. As long as the people in my life are well and I have my morning coffee my day goes quite well:-)
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Jul 9

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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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    Never, Ever

    This probably comes from a childhood where I really didn't have a whole lot and I came to appreciate what I did have.  That's still true today, I like to keep the things I own simple.   Some of what I own I've had for years.  I'm not afraid to go to a garage sale or a second...
    ChevyVan ChevyVan 46-50, M 1 Response Jun 2, 2012

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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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    Memories and Moments are the most precious

    things not materialism!Money doesn't influence me at all! Don't get me wrong it helps but it doesn't buy happiness! I dont care how much money someone has, I dont care about things as they don't mean anything to me!If I buy a new car, a home, new things it wont make me...
    MilweePetite MilweePetite 18-21, F Jun 8

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    I think that material things don't matter.

    I don't care about money, car, clothing brands… it's just not that serious to me. I would rather have someone I'm in love by my side than to be judging him about his money and stuff. I feel like everything mean nothing if you don't have anyone to share it with, just like...
    OutOfSight23 OutOfSight23 18-21, F 3 Responses Jun 8

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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'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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    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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    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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    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 am a happy person with very simple needs.

    I love my family, pets and friends. As long as the people in my life are well and I have my morning coffee my day goes quite well:-)
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    This story's about my 'African brother.

    ' I call him that as my parents are his 'Australian parents' and Dad an honorary member of the particular community my brother is from. We did not adopt him legally, we've just always loved him n been there for him since picking him up from the airport as a newly arrived refugee...
    hoova hoova 31-35, F 2 Responses Jul 4

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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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    When I buy something newI get rid of something

    old,I give to charity for the poor,It's never quite a chore,To care for those less well offI'm sorry if I sound some kind of toff!When I buy something blue,I watch it with interest,I give old movies to raise money for others,There are children poor in need of mothers,To care for...
    Paca24 Paca24 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 16

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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 22 Responses Jul 19, 2011

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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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    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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    Related Experiences

    I have a tendency to be geared toward luxury and material possessions. I love quality clothes, accessories, decor, jewelry, art, furniture, etc. I also love snagging good quality...
    ajrestless ajrestless 18-21, F Jul 14

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    The new materialistic, super-aggressive bogan.I suspect that it may actually get worse in Austraylia because of the limitations and inherent contradictions within multiculturalism...
    boganbait boganbait 46-50, M 5 Responses Jul 14

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    1. I have black hair 2. I have blue eyes 3. I am empathic 4. I don't like conflict 5. I will fight for those I love 6. I play piano/keyboard/organ 7. I have studied degree level...
    vequin vequin 41-45 Jul 20

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    One morning i woke up from a dream that really changed how i felt about family... Im actually really excited about it. I know how tv sitcom it might sound, but i loved it anyway...
    Jonesing4nice Jonesing4nice 18-21, M Jun 29

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    I have developed a pseudo-maturity as a result of family breakdown at a young age. I don't believe that ages dictates maturity. I am in my 20s, I am a full time uni student, I work...
    makefriendswithchaos makefriendswithchaos 18-21 1 Response Jul 1

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    Even though socialism is more present in today's society, hypocresy is more present too. Education of nowdays proves it. The problem starts with the avarice natural in the heart...
    ModernAesthetisist1811 ModernAesthetisist1811 13-15, F 2 Responses Jul 1

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    Looking back at my life, I'm very surprised I never made the "mistake" of getting married and/or having kids too early on in life. I call it a mistake because, for me, it would...