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Corrupt Societies

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Introduction

Cori Burt Technology and the Soul Midterm Paper- Final draft In today's society I find that a lot of people have become materialistic. It's a new coach purse, the brand new cell phone from Verizon or a plasma screen TV that is the hype and everyone wants. Either way a person is to look at it, society is based on who has what. There is an emphasis on a person's status in their society and it is very important. I always hear my boss saying "it's all about the Benjamin's!" and he's right. Not a day goes by that a person doesn't think about what they want to buy next. Does this make us bad people? Have we all succumbed to an unconscious norm that is all materialistic? What is it to be materialistic? The Webster definition is that a person is concerned with material wealth and possessions at the expense of spiritual or intellectual values. I see it as a person that wants something so much that they would stop at nothing to have it whether it is by means of purchasing, stealing or cheating someone else out of it. ...read more.

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Have I ever taken out the time to actually listen to nature and the people around me? Not really, but at the same time I know of many others who haven't either. Bradbury described fluently the characters in his novel. Montag's wife Mildred was portrayed as what I would call a snob but she is Bradbury's idea of a citizen who has conformed to society. She asked Montag about when they will be able to put in other "wall set" because it will improve their status as a couple in their society. She doesn't realize how she is living her life based on what others expect of her. Montag see's how things have started to change and how he doesn't want to go along with them. Sometimes I find myself looking long and hard into a mirror to make sure that I don't slip into society's grip of materialism. Just like in the end of Fahrenheit 451 Granger says to Montag "Come on now, we're going to build a mirror factory first and put out nothing but mirrors for the first year and take a long look in them" (164). ...read more.

Conclusion

It is the basic condition of life, to be required to violate your own identity. At some time, every creature is required to do so. It is the ultimate shadow, the defeat of creation; this is the curse at work, the curse that feeds on all life. Everywhere in the universe" (179). Rick learns from Mercer that he isn't alone in the world and that there are some things everybody does that may seem wrong but they define our lives. Is there a way to find the individual inside or it is lost once a person conforms to society? I believe that there is a way to conform to society but still be an individual. Rules set down by the government are there to keep everyone in line and to make sure society can function properly. A part of being an individual is believing in yourself, that you actually are one. For the most part, being an individual means being independent. There will always be a time when things don't feel right or a person might feel lost in the world. I think these feelings are normal and part of functioning in a normal society. A society is based on a simple power struggles between the average person and the government. ?? ?? ?? ?? Page 1 of 4 ...read more.

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