Western civilization tends to encourage us to seek after material goods more than anything else. It is important to earn more money in order to acquire more property, a swimming pool, more clothes or a second car. These signs of wealth are a source of prestige. Television commercials make us believe that there are all kinds of things we must have in order to be happy. This world's education and our whole environment compel us to acquire more things and prestige. On the other band, within our society are also those people who are struck by misfortune, tragically wounded by an accident or sickness, frustrated by lack of love, lonely or rejected.
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