Wow, what a post.
Pursuing a materialistic vision of success is short-sighted and self defeating, irresponsible and destructive. What's more, the rat-race of career success and buying more crap, in pursuit of someone's idea of success, is not only a losing battle on a personal level but it tends to include using or overusing debt
and becoming a slave to all that **** you've spent your time grabbing
. All that stuff won't make you happy - to get that "thrill of satisfaction" that comes from 'stuff' you need to keep buying
; which means keep working, harder, longer, pushing for more money. I never cease to be amazed at how many people live like this and keep riding that merry-go-round to nowhere.
Becoming a "success" in this materialistic vision relegates wisdom, compassion, responsibility, empathy and education to the background since not only are these not requisite for financial success, in the capitalistic world they're more of a liability.
I suspect the reason so many people are losers( ie: poor) is because they internalize the **** up materialistic consumer culture around them.
You realize this is a blatant contradiction, don't you?
Those who internalize the materialistic consumer culture aren't necessarily the poor ones
. Internalizing it - taking it on as a personal pursuit - more likely results in people who spend all their energies in pursuit of money and things (i.e., the non-poor).
Now... those who DO spend themselves into poverty (which I'm guessing might be where you were trying to go) might well have earned the judgment you've given. But to stereotype all poor
into this category is really narrow minded; that they exist and that this happens doesn't mean that ALL have become that way.
I myself am poor by choice. After retiring from the military I spent four years as a CIO making well over 6 figures. It was only for the wisdom of my wife - that we realized this money grab horseshit was killing us - that we quit our jobs, moved to the most inexpensive place we could tolerate and now enjoy a quiet, humble lifestyle where exercise, family, reading, enjoying our yard, each other and community fills our time. I'm very proud to say I'm just below the U.S. poverty line. And although I am still tempted by stuff, buying all the neat toys, gadgets, close and cars is no longer an option. I'm free... standing on the sidelines trying to tell people to jump off that merry-go-round of failure; no one seems to care.
In any case, while I think you're right that materialistic consumerism is a social cancer-of-cancers
and that some have spent themselves into poverty, don't be so narrow minded as to assume that all (or even most) are that way due to irresponsibility.