materialism, culture, spiritual culture
This topic COULD go in Body and Soul but I'm putting it here in Humanities and Culture.
"People in our society are not materialistic enough."
Some context below and why I thought this might be interesting to look at.
... economist Juliet Schor has written of the "materiality paradox," which suggests that people in our society are not too materialistic, but rather are not materialistic enough. We no longer retain, reuse, and repair products, because we have been taught to expect them to break down or fall apart due to product obsolescence, and then quickly to discard them. Indeed, as a society, we have become entrapped in a still deeper pattern of psychological obsolescence, promoted by modern marketing, encouraging us to throw away what we have only just bought-as soon as it is no longer "new."
This is from "The Ecology of Marxian Political Economy" - a recent essay by J B Foster of Monthly Review.