“Two Cheers for Materialism” the author James Twitchell

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In the article, "Two Cheers for Materialism" the author James Twitchell states that "We live

through things. We create ourselves through things. And we change ourselves by changing our things."

By saying that the author implies that we humans are materialistic beings and we consider our

possessions as extensions of our self. Later in the article Twitchell says that "possessions are

definitions," which complements the previous quote and also generalizes his overall idea that objects we

own define our place in the materialistic society. This idea is something which has been a point of

controversy for quite some time as even though the "realists" agree with the idea, the "idealists" tend to

deviate from it because they focus more on the concepts of spirituality and internal growth. They believe

in the concept that the things we do define us more than the things we own. I cannot agree or disagree

with either of the beliefs because I can draw references from the real world to qualify and establish both

of those ideas.

There is no denying that we live in a world where success is defined more by the materialistic

terms like home, car and money in general and less by more subtle and innate ideas like family, friends,

community, health and happiness. I would like to provide a personal example from my life to support

the fact. I was raised in a small town in India where almost every parent wishes their daughter or son to

be an engineer because they want their kids to get a better paying job after they graduate school and

then go abroad and settle down in a big house. Here, all the parents joined this race to train their kids to

become future engineers and send them to The US, because all...