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I prefer experiences / things that are richer, bigger, louder, longer, faster, stronger, with more features etc. It’s human nature to seek status and prefer winning over losing; being associated with powerful thingswhether they be machines, houses, cars, human body parts etcrather than feeling small, weak, and powerless. I like having the freedom to generally have more! (Note: With “prosperity theology” or “abundant life” some connect this with religion / New Age thinking.  Critics point to traditional religious vows of poverty / asceticism, and “live simply so that others may simply live.”)

More Information About This Worldview Theme

a spade WV Theme...

...individual <---> nature

the theme is paired with:  23B Enoughness  to make Choice #45    in the Choices We Make cards 

this theme as presented in older version of theme structure:   version 2.0    version 3.0        is this theme new to version 4?--new name

click to look at the Project Worldview Cultural Literacy Encyclopedia Related Words, Beliefs, Background articles for the above choice 

 Project Worldview authored discussion, Worldview Watch related issues, songs, etc.  

Discussion from The Worldview Literacy Book Songs
Worldview Watch issue #52:The Circle:  Perfectibility Through Participatory Social Interaction 
Worldview Watch issue #48, posted 3/04/2016 How what Trump is saying resonates with the worldview of those who vote for him

Wikipedia articles related to this theme:

Obesity Conspicuous Consumption McMansion
drives SUV  Prosperity Theology Abundant Life
Super Size Me empowerment gluttony 

 worldview internal inconsistency related: Strongly valuing this theme and any of the themes in the list below is a contradiction:

#1A   Humbly Unsure  #4 Spreading Disinformation / Tactical Deception #23A  Sustainability   #24A  Struggling With A Basic Need: Sustenance  
#27 The Small Producer   #29A   The Self Restrained Person    #37B Global Citizen      #40  Environmental Economics 
#42   Ethical Orientation   #45B Work, Play, Pay As You Go    #47B Pacifism / Non-Violence   #49A  Social Welfare Statism  
#49B Idealistic Socialism   #50B Left Anarchist   #104B  Respect for Nature #204B  Limits & Ethics  

More to Explore -- Worldview Theme #26B:  More Is Better Mentality / Abundance

Living Ever Larger--How Wretched Excess Became a Way of Life in Southern California, by Patrick Kiger
Too Much (website providing "commentary on excess and inequality")
Six Steps for Creating Abundance by Deepak Chopra
Greta Thunberg ends year with one of the greatest tweets in history by Rebecca Solnit (from The Guardian December 27 2022)
Electric Vehicles Are Bringing Out the Worst in Us: The downside of heavy, overpowered trucks and SUVs by David Zipper (from The Atlantic Jan 4 2023)
Most electric cars are quiet. But Dodge says its future electric muscle car will be super loud by Peter Valdes-Dapena (CNN, August 17 2022)

How trucks became America's new status symbol /People will just keep spending more and more on trucks. by Morgan Korn (ABC News June 11 2022) 

“Big Cars Are Killing Americans”  By Angie Schmitt (from The Atlantic December 29 2021)
“Heavier electric vehicles increase safety risks, study says” by Ben Geman (report posted on Axios Oct 26 2021)
This Obscene Motorhome Includes a Slide Out Garage by Andrew Liszewski (story from Gizmodo September 7 2021)
“What Happened to Pickup Trucks?” By Angie Schmitt   (article on Bloomberg  Mar 11 2021)
Interplanetary Settlement—The World is Not Enough --Human Colony on Mars (report from The Economist October 1 2016)
"I despise lotteries, but I bought four Powerball tickets anyway. I’m weak." by P. Dvorak  (Jan 2016 commentary on $1.3 billion lottery from The Washington Post)
"The Neiman Marcus Catalogue: Hold the Myrrh" (article about Xmas shopping excesses from The Economist Oct 18 2014)
"How Mega Millions Became a $586 Million Phenomenon" (Dec 16 2013 USA Today story on a lottery with super jackpot payoff)
"Supercharged 2015 Chevy Corvette..." (Jan 15 2014 article/video about the 625 Hp sports car)
"Land of the Corporate Giants" (article from The Economist Nov 3 2012)
"Technology Advances, Humans Supersize" by P. Cohen (health & human evolution,  2011 NY Times article)
"Tiger Woods Ex-Wife Bulldozes $12 million Home" by Shane Bacon (Jan 5 2011 Yahoo Sports article)
"Forget Frugality, Focus on Earning More" by Ramit Sethi (Apr 28 2011 NY Times article)
"Our Super-Sized Kids--How America's Children Packed on the Pounds, by Jeffrey Kluger (article in Time June 23 2008)
Book Review of Better Not Bigger, book by Eben Fodor
I Love My SUV, by Ray Keating
I Love My SUV Despite Its MPG, by Colin Hurlock, editor at MSNBC
Chasing the SUV Vote
"The Politics of Very Big Trucks" (October 6 2012 article in The Economist)
The Big Screen (a Stanford student's prank / commentary)
People of Plenty: Economic Abundance and the American Character, by David M. Potter (read at Google Books)
A Man in Full, by Tom Wolfe (American consumer excess is major theme in this 1998 novel; from online encyclopedia)
American Mania -- When More is Not Enough  (book by director of UCLA Neuropsychiatric Inst.)
Feature Fatigue -- When Product Capabilities Become Too Much of a Good Thing (J. of Marketing Research article)
Quirky Foes and Owners of Invading Monster Mansions (NY Times book review of Rattled and Lapham Rising)
quotes about excess and related topics

back to Theme Choices version 5.0 structure

"As you shop in "The Reality Marketplace" avoid spending your "reality cash" too early,  before you have seen everything. " 
from Coming of Age in the Global Village,  by Stephen P. Cook,  with Donella H. Meadows.