Well, I hope that you’ve all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I’m sure that everyone overate and then went shopping for the Black Friday sales, right? So, now it’s my turn to make you all feel horrible about yourselves. This is going to be my last post in this series that’s been focused on wealth and poverty issues, and I think that this weekend of, let’s face it, indulgence is a good opportunity to consider some of the issues surrounding consumerism and over-consumption. Last week I asked you the question: how much is enough? I hope you had a lot of fun with that little gem. So, this week I have an equally complicated ‘simple’ question: how much is too much?

Clearly, we live in a culture that has at least some issues with consumerism. Our advertising should tell you that much. Now, this might be as simple as ‘that’s the nature of capitalism’ or as horrible as ‘African’s are starving every day because Americans throw away food’ depending on your personal views and political bent. Personally, I’m somewhere in the middle. However, today I want you to think specifically about consumerism. There are relatively few Americans that are honestly struggling to meet their basic needs (i.e. food, water, shelter). However, where do we draw the line? Is a middle class home with two cars and three meals a day plus snacks too much? What about a $35 million home, a fleet of cars, and a jet at your beck and call? Is there even such a thing as too much? Or does too much have less to do with what you have, and more to do with what you’re willing to give up? Does a single man who makes $24 thousand a year and spend $29,000 a year while giving nothing to charity have too much? Does a family of five that makes $50 million a year, spends $10 million, saves $5 million, and gives $35 million to charity have enough?

You know the drill. Write me a story of 1000 words providing your answer to the question: how much is too much?

If you’d like to post it on your own blog then please comment and leave a link. If you want to leave your story in a comment then please keep it under 500 words.

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One thought on “Philosophical Story Challenge of the Week

  1. There is a multibillion dollar industry in this nation and others who’s only major purpose is to convince me and you that we are not good enough and that we don’t have enough. This is the advertising industry. I have described it this way for years.

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