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Unformatted text preview: Berger moved into his main focus by illustrating the evils of capitalism, and he had no intention at stopping there. He illuminated the tragic dependencies upon which we base our lives. We’re rendered powerless without money, and our lives are no longer worth living. We’re taught that the glamorous gifts and perks that come with wealth are essential to living happy lives, and anything else is a waste of time. We’ve lost our appreciation for the simplistic, traditional activities that once made life quite enjoyable, and in turn took up an addiction to material possessions. Perhaps there is no turning back from this, but there is always room for moderation. We can make time for the simple, invaluable things. Unlike the possessions, they are transient, but the memory that remains is untouchable. Gradually, we can return to our roots, and see what great things were obscured by clouds of gold and green....
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- Spring '11
- The Masses, John Berger, Campanella Professor McClung, equally important topic, Writing Seminar 1023W