Materialism in Our Youth Today

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We shouldn’t allow materialism in our youth today

We live in a materialistic society. Big dreams, monster success, and there is plenty of money to go around. Spend that money, even if you don’t have it attitude. This would seem to be the philosophy behind many of our youth today. Do you wonder why? Take a look at MTV, or the go online and see what’s playing on YouTube. It would seem that, just about everywhere you look, you come across how are society has been surrounded by materialism. “You know that we are living in a material world, and I am a material girl.” (Madonna, 1984)These are the lyrics to Madonna’s Material Girl song. Even though this song came out in the late 1984 it shows us how materialism has been a part of our youth for some time. Look at what Madonna represented in the 80’s, basically sex, drugs and rock and roll. Everything a parent despised, and exactly what they were scarred of their child being a part of. We realize the importance on how we shouldn’t allow our youth to become part of a materialistic society, and how they shouldn’t want to live. When we take a look back a few decades ago, to the sixties, times were a little different. We had the up roar with the ERA (Equal Rights Amendment), Racism, and countless “Peace not War” rallies going on in this Country. The youth of that time period was very different on how they thought. There were many kids that were dressing up as hippies. There was much of the youth calling themselves freedom lovers and nature enthusiast. To sum it up, the sixties youth had a much completely different outlook on life and what it was all about. The biggest concerns were basic back then. The kids back then would only worry about, were the party is going to be at that night, or how would they get there, and who can drive them to the party. The reason for them needing a ride was, many didn’t have a…...

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