TV shows and celebrity culture at large seem to celebrate a lavish lifestyle, which most people are obsessed with. Why do we care about the lifestyles of the rich and famous? Why do we care about the lives of celebrities, and do we admire them or laugh at them, and what does that say about how we define our own happiness?
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Maybe the "American Dream" has evolved to mean something else. Your dream may be, and probably is, completely different than my dream. I think people have figured out that money has nothing to do with happiness. I couldnt care less about the life of any celebrity
I was using a very limited criteria, simply taking in more than what you need. However the issue of need is tricky. Couldn't agree more with the social point you are making, but perhaps the idea of stocking up (consuming excess) when times are good also carries over to the modern world for humans. Although I find a number of explanations more plausible, one being hedonic adaptation
I think our disagreement is arising from terms. I wa using greed as gluttony, which does indeed exist no question about it. But you are defining greed with reference to a social sharing. I have no problems with your argument given your definition, although I think it is a flawed one.
Also tasmanian devil, will consume up to 40% of its body weight with a major kill in 30 minutes. I fundamentally disagree with what you are saying about animals. Animals are all greedy. They don't want to just have enough they require excess to prepare for the very likely piont that they will be without. Camels do this with water. That is the big reason why we are so great with storing fat.
Yep. The potential for selfishness and greed is within us, but so is the potential for altruism and cooperation, and it's at least in large parts up to societal factors to what extent you choose to fulfill your potential.
However, most of us are hard-wired to follow authority figures, for example, even when we should realize what we're doing is wrong. Take the Stanford prison experiments, or slave trade, or the holocaust, or whatever you want, and that does seem to be an uncomfortable truth.
Wealth has nothing to do with the "It's all about me" mentality. Arrogant Individualism is a problem that can be found at any economic class level. If ignorant ppl choose to idolize the wealthy and famous, that's not their fault. Media that spotlights pop culture is only contributing to the problem, and sometimes that even includes TYT. Knowledge about irrelevance is the biggest distraction that keeps society from organizing and focusing on issues that would bring about equality to more ppl.
How am I copying off gorilla societies? In gorilla societies only the alpha mates, I said that in early human societies the alphas got FIRST mating rights, meaning they get the best women, the others get the left overs. Look at chimp societies, same arrangement. Again, I find the idea of big burly hunter-gatherer alpha males politely allowing the smaller guys first access to the best women to be pretty funny
I'll take your corrections to my anthropology professors, they'll no doubt be intrigued by your thesis. You really think in nomadic tribal societies that the weedy submissive guys get the same privileges as the brutish big guys? Right, I suppose they all lived in houses and had a picket fence as well right? Name one society that has absolutely NO hierarchy. Sounds like one of the Betas is a little insecure. Also, with the 1/4 quarter thing I was talking about the rise of civilisation you moron.
he never said it was human nature to be selfish and greedy "before all else". Animals are always rewarded for gluttony so it seems reasonable that part of that would carry over to the modern world. I totally get what you are saying that culture plays a role, but like most things, it seems reasonable to say there is both an animal and cultural component
I don't watch those shows. If I'm not content with my life, it's up to me to fix it. Besides, the few times I've had to see those shows (ie, visiting others and they watch it!), I found myself growing angry at how some of these people spent their money. "You want to put out quarts of beluga caviar for a few hundred people? Five families in my neighborhood could eat for most of a month for that much money!"
Rich Americans are such tasteless, bourgeois nouveau riches. If I ever got rich fuck the Hummers and stripper poles. Its tailor made suits from Milan and a house on the French Riviera, THAT'S how you impress rich people. But then, these guys aren't trying to impress rich people, they're trying to rub it in the faces of all the people they left behind.
Humans have lived in groups of about 100 for most of their existence, in those societies you usually had an alpha-male who got the best food and first mating rights but apart from that the societies were completely egalitarian, someone was even a little anti-social, they were exiled or killed, no room to mess around on the plains of Africa in drought. Humans figured out a way where 1/4 of us can all be alpha-males and get the best food, problem is the other 3/4 of humanity are left starving.
I couldn't agree more. I can never fathom why people watch so much crap tv, or find it to be a "guilty pleasure" when it's not a pleasure at all. There are some awesome quality shows (educational shows, well-written drama, etc) out there. I don't get why people waste time or brain cells on annoying, boring garbage.
I would rather stare at a blank wall for an hour than watch rich women bitch abouth their troubles. There are so many shows with actual substance. How anyone could waste their time on watching rich or poor people is beyond me.
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