Focus in all the wrong places

Society today seems so focused in all the strangest places
What kind of car you drive?
What zip code you live in?
From your annual income, to fashion sense, sex appeal, tanning, mani-pedicures, waxing, etc.
Even which salon you get all this done at and which retail store you paid for your shoes.
You see this everywhere, consumerism, and with it the desire for a feeling of importance or status.
There are even important status issues with which generation of iPod you own!
It never seems to bother me more than when I head out of town and see the way that people interact, parading in front of each other not only their fashion sense but their gadgets, professional title, even their expense accounts.
Why does any of this matter?
It’s all meaningless!
Not that we can’t find joy in these, and many other things …but how and why do we think we can extrapolate our worth from possessing them? And what is that supposed to accomplish anyway? Is it all some sort of social manipulation?

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