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FRONT PAGE  |  6/17/2019
WEDNESDAY, JUN 12, 2019  |  10 comments
McMansions Don't MakePeople Any Happier
American homes are a lot bigger than they used to be. In 1973, when the Census Bureau started tracking home sizes, the median size of a newly built house was just over 1,500 square feet; that figure reached nearly 2,500 square feet in 2015.

Bellet sketches out an unfulfilling cycle of one-upmanship, in which the owners of the biggest homes are most satisfied if their home remains among the biggest, and those who rank right below them grow less satisfied as their dwelling looks ever more measly by comparison. He estimates that from 1980 to 2009, the size of the largest 10 percent of houses increased 1.4 times as fast as did the size of the median house. This means that the reference point many people have for what constitutes a big home has shifted further out of reach, just as many other lifestyle reference points have shifted in an age of pronounced wealth inequality. ...


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Neil wrote:
And the more stuff you own, the more you have to worry about and maintain. In addition, what used to be extra-cost luxury options in the past are now standard in many consumer products, and as a result, luxury brands have to come up with more and more silly, distracting, or at best marginally useful gimmicks to differentiate from "lesser" products.
"He who dies with the most toys wins" is what my friend used to joke about. But many people act like they actually believe this. Nothing has changed since the Egyptians and other ancients who were buried with all their junk.
Well said Neil! I have heard the saying by your friend before.

It used to be that where I grew up the American dream was to marry your H.S. sweet heart, have a family and work hard to provide for them. There were no material things that really mattered to us. Success was simply being a good husband or a good wife.

Most don't even realize that greed is actually idolatry!

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The Quiet Christian  Find all comments by The Quiet Christian
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Not at all, DF. When one complains about a phenomenon, we certainly can't know the underlying issues of individual hearts. However, this verse should proceed any pursuit of money or fame:

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness, and all these things shall be ministered unto you. - Matthew 6:33

Houses are necessary and the gaining of wealth is not, of itself, sinful. Greed and gluttony are sinful, though. And that's the point most of us are trying to make.

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News Item6/12/19 11:40 AM
Douglas Fir | Zones Four to Six  Find all comments by Douglas Fir
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I guess that means there is something wrong with these Bible verses:

Psalm 112:1
Praise ye the LORD. Blessed is the man that feareth the LORD, that delighteth greatly in his commandments.
Psalm 112:2
His seed shall be mighty upon earth: the generation of the upright shall be blessed.

Psalm 112:3
Wealth and riches shall be in his house: and his righteousness endureth for ever.

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Neil | Tucson  Find all comments by Neil
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Frank wrote:
I remember years ago reading some philosophical position that was called “the law of diminishing returns”.
And the more stuff you own, the more you have to worry about and maintain. In addition, what used to be extra-cost luxury options in the past are now standard in many consumer products, and as a result, luxury brands have to come up with more and more silly, distracting, or at best marginally useful gimmicks to differentiate from "lesser" products.

"He who dies with the most toys wins" is what my friend used to joke about. But many people act like they actually believe this. Nothing has changed since the Egyptians and other ancients who were buried with all their junk.

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The Quiet Christian  Find all comments by The Quiet Christian
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We've seen this quite a bit. Older homes get replaced or "remodeled" into much larger homes. What we find sad, besides the obvious need for these people to replace a perfectly good house with something much more "modern," "bigger," and more a "status symbol," is that the quality of the construction and the construction materials are much poorer than the smaller, more modest house they knocked down.
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We've seen this quite a bit. Older homes get replaced or "remodeled" into much larger homes. What we find sad, besides the obvious need for these people to replace a perfectly good house with something much more "modern," "bigger," and more a "status symbol," is that the quality of the construction and the construction materials are much poorer than the smaller, more modest house they knocked down.
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We've seen this quite a bit. Older homes get replaced or "remodeled" into much larger homes. What we find sad, besides the obvious need for these people to replace a perfectly good house with something much more "modern," "bigger," and more a "status symbol," is that the quality of the construction and the construction materials are much poorer than the smaller, more modest house they knocked down.
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I didn’t read the article.

I remember years ago reading some philosophical position that was called “the law of diminishing returns”. What that stated was the longer you have something material or the more you get of something material, the less you appreciate it. So, I buy my first corvette and I think wow. I buy the next one and I still think wow. But after the 5th one, I am no longer carried away.

I think that greed and covetousness are wrong and they are constants in the unsaved.

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Apparently, they aren't any less pleased. I suppose bigger the house the last lawn the person has to mow? Satisfaction stays the same?
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In my Father's house are many mansions.
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