Materialism is when we take this too far, and our focus – either individually or collectively – becomes obsessed or addicted to having and owning things beyond our healthy, balanced desires.
Regarding the collective level of materialism, I watched with delight when I discovered the animated online movie called ‘The story of stuff”, which clearly highlights the message that we have a problem with our approach to “Stuff”. We use too much, too much of it is toxic and we don’t share it very well. But that’s not the way things have to be. Together, we can build a society based on better not more, sharing not selfishness, community not division.
You can watch the 21 minute movie here..
The Story of Stuff Project’s journey began with a 20-minute online movie about the way we make, use and throw away all the Stuff in our lives. Five years and 40 million views later, it has become a Community of more than 500,000 change-makers worldwide, working towards a more healthy and just planet.
You can get involved by watch and sharing these movies, join the campaign if you wish, and participate in the movements study programs.
More about the organization and its progressive projects here: http://storyofstuff.org