Dumpster Diving Essay

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Materialism is the constant obtaining of commodity while sacrificing human relationships. For decades people have had the notion that obtaining materialistic goods is a portrait of success. In the essay “On Dumpster Diving” Lars Eighner stated that he learned “The first is to take what I can use and let the rest go. I have come to think that there is no value in the abstract. A thing I cannot use or make useful, perhaps by trading, has no value, however fine or rare it may be.” (593). Materialism is harmful in multiple ways on society, labor, and the environment. On a daily basis, we are overwhelmed with advertisements that suggest if we do not obtain the newest gear we are missing out on life. Advertisement blinds us into believing that the more possessions, the more we can enhance our wellbeing. The more people obsess on gaining materialistic goods the more their mental health takes a dive in multiple ways. A person develops depression, greediness, selfishness,…show more content…
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