The High Price of Materialism


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Video by the Center for a New American Dream

Psychologist Tim Kasser discusses how America’s culture of consumerism undermines our well-being. When people buy into the ever-present marketing messages that “the good life” is “the goods life,” they not only use up Earth’s limited resources, but they are less happy and less inclined toward helping others. The animation both lays out the problems of excess materialism and points toward solutions that promise a healthier, more just, and more sustainable life.

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Written by: Tim Kasser
Produced by: RMD2 –
Illustrated by: Anthony Maughan

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