Materialism is now the epitome of corruption.

Materialism is Corrupting The Minds of Millennials and Beyond

"Purses are my friends."


Ever since the airing of Dr. Phil's latest delinquent episode, the notorious "Beverly Hills Brat" who lives off $2,000 Givenchy jackets and $3,000 Chanel purses has been featured on everyone's Instagram page. Nicolette Gray's expensive lifestyle encompasses an array of Bentleys and G-Wagons while her mother, a renowned dentist, offers her an astounding $5,000 allowance every week.

While she already earns mountains of bills from her Instagram and YouTube career, Nicolette and her personal stylist, Christian Aaron, continues to blow thousands on high-end clothing on Rodeo Drive. No doubt, waking up to see a pair of Gucci slides and Burberry sunglasses every morning is a dream no one wants wake up from. Unfortunately, Nicolette is not the only one with a case of "materialism syndrome." Millennials are now the main victims of an endless stream of careless yet luxurious spending.

Have a taste of the Versace website where blazers can amount to over $3,000.

While cheap for the world of luxury brands, these numbers reflect the new consciousness that plagues young minds. Brands such as Chanel, Balenciaga, Prada and Louis Vuitton are especially popular among millennials. Sneakers, purses and accessories in such brands are now symbols of wealth and status, shown off proudly by owners on social media. Even worse, the web has become an outlet with affluent kids who indulge on lavish lifestyles with little to no moral ground.

Granted with money from birth, these teens see no purpose in life besides material goods. Not pressed on success from hard work, many now believe that having these items set them off for a victorious conquest of life. The corruption of the mind is not only a reality, but it is also an upsetting mindset.

Materialistic culture is an indicator for an unhappy and unsatisfied psychological problem. Having more money now means having more problems. With a seemingly bottomless treasure chest of wealth, people are unsure what to spend the money on. Eventually, they turn to an eloquent sources. With more items comes with more desires. Competition for the latest trends spiral into an eternal battle for "wants" not "needs."

Narcissistic and egotistical attitudes emerge as millennials develop into a "richer is more superior" mindset, creating a hostile environment of arrogance. Pro-social relationships are substituted with symbols of wealth. As Nicolette Gray says, "My purses are my friends. I have to buy all my friends. It's sad, really." Furthermore, the meaning of security and power is redefined. While money may ground millennials with a false sense of security, mainly financial freedom, that stability is beset by a lack of confidence.

SEE ALSO: Money Can't Buy You Happiness

Nonetheless, materialistic epitome is the goal for millions of millennials, and that will never change. However, whether this attitude toward life brings satisfaction or a lust for more, greed emerges as the ultimate winner in this situation. The cycle of corruption never ends. Thus, greed drives the thriving economy at an unfortunate cost to the moral grounds of society's high life and beyond.

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14 Stages Of Buying Jonas Brothers Concert Tickets As A 20-Something In 2019

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1. Finding out that they're going on tour

2. Hopefully entering your name into the lottery to get presale tickets

3. Finding out that you actually get to buy presale tickets

4. Impatiently waiting for your presale tickets by listening to their songs on repeat

5. And remembering how obsessed you used to be (definitely still are) with them

6. Trying to coordinate the squad to go to the concert with you

7. Waiting in the Ticketmaster waiting room...

8. ...And feeling super frantic/frustrated because there are about 2000 people in line in front of you

9. Actually getting into the site to buy the tickets

10. Frantically trying to find seats you can actually pay for because, let's be real, you're twenty-something and poor

11. Managing to actually get the seats you want

12. Joyfully letting your squad know that you've done it

13. Crying a little because all of the dreams you've had since 2007 are coming true

14. Listening to every single Jonas Brothers song on repeat (again)

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Severus Snape Is The Worst, And Here's Why

Albus Severus, sweetie, I'm so sorry...


I grew up being absolutely obsessed with the Harry Potter franchise. I read the books for the first time in second and third grade, then again in middle school, and for the third time in my last year of high school. Recently, I had a somewhat heated argument with a fellow fan of the books about Severus Snape. As I've reread the Harry Potter books, I've noticed that, although J.K. Rowling tried to give him a redemption arc, he only got worse because of it. Here's why I still think Severus Snape is the absolute worst.

His love for Lily Potter was actually really creepy. When I was younger and reading the books, I always found the fact that he held fast in his love for Lily to be very endearing, even noble. However, rereading it after going through a couple of relationships myself, I've come to realize that the way he pined over her was super creepy. It was understandable during his time at Hogwarts; he was bullied, and she was the only one who "understood" him. However, she showed zero interest, and if that didn't clue him into realizing that he should back off, her involvement with James Potter should have. She was married. He was pining after a married, happy woman. If he truly loved her, he would have realized how happy she was and backed off. Instead, he took it out on her orphan son and wallowed in bitterness and self-pity, which is creepy and extremely uncool. When a girl is kind to a boy during high school (or in this case, wizard school), it's not an open invitation for him to pine for her for the literal rest of his life and romanticizes the absolute @#$% out of her. It's just her being a decent person. Move on, Severus.

He verbally abused teenagers. One of the most shocking examples of this is in The Prisoner of Azkaban when Snape literally told Neville Longbottom that he would kill his beloved toad, Trevor if he got his Shrinking Potion wrong, and then punished him when he managed to make the potion correctly. Furthermore, poor Neville's boggart was literally Snape. The amount of emotional torture Neville must have been enduring from Snape to create this type of debilitating fear must have been almost unbearable, and even if Snape was simply trying to be a "tough" professor, there is no excuse for creating an atmosphere of hostility and fear like he did in his potions class for vulnerable students like Neville. In addition, he ruthlessly tormented Harry (the last living piece of Lily Potter, his supposed "true love," btw), and made fun of Hermione Granger's appearance. Sure, he might have had a terrible life. However, it's simply a mark of poor character to take it out on others, especially when the people you take it out on are your vulnerable students who have no power to stand up to you. Grow up.

He willingly joined a terrorist group and helped them perform genocide and reign over the wizarding world with terror tactics for a couple of decades. No explanation needed as to why this is terrible.

Despite the constant romanticization of his character, I will always see the core of Severus Snape, and that core is a bitter, slimy, genocidal, manipulative trash being. J.K. Rowling's attempt to redeem him only threw obsessive and controlling traits into the mix. Snape is the absolute worst, and romanticizing him only removes criticism of an insane man who just so happened to be capable of love (just like the vast majority of the rest of us). Thank you, next.

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