"Cash Money Millionaires". An essay about our culture and society explaining how our values are warped. We value money, greed and power. What happened to humanity?

Essay by moonflower1969High School, 12th grade November 2002

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We live in a society where money rules. Everyone is materialistic. The person with the biggest and best toys wins. Of course spending money is a good thing, it does keep our economy afloat. I think it has gone to a point where all that matters is money. Money rules. We focus only on tangible material items. Our leisure life is saved for weekends. Beauty is considered better than brains, and appearance means more than substance. Doesn't this say alot about American people in general? Shouldn't this be a wake up call that something should be done to change our mixed up values? Americans are too shallow. We focus only on things we can physically touch and see. Our reflection and the reflection of others is how we judge eachother. We all conform to the same life. We are always in competition with each other. It keeps us running quickly.

We don't want to be left behind. We have to be the first person on the block to buy the new SUV. We spend money to validate ourselves and boost our status. We choose to judge people by their career choice, college degrees, and what they own. We don't have the time to get to know a person for what's inside. We're too busy keeping ourselves busy with insignificant things. We leave little time to enjoy the Earth, and nature. We can't sit back and relax and just enjoy being alive. We're always rushed, always on the go. We act as though life is one big race. When will our society get it's values straight. None of us know the answer to that. It may never happen. In fact, it could just get worse. It's like we're all living robots, living the 9 to 5 job. Almost like...