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Word of the Week--"Acquisitive"
Definition--Acquisitive- adj. desirous of obtaining and possessing material things.

Discussion--It seems that many more people have become acquisitive in recent years, finding comfort in material things and losing sight of what is really important. I know that I am guilty of the shallow feelings of materialism myself. Sometimes the craving to purchase a new car almost wins me over, but then I realize that my car is fine as long as it gets me from point A to point B. Although, a new car probably could transport me between those two points in greater style, I am sure that I can find a better use for my money.

It seems that we have become what we own. It no longer matters if you are a good person or if you do things to help others, if you don't own a nice house and wear nice clothing then you are not successful. It all seems very silly if you look at it from afar, but it is easy to get caught up in acquisitive behavior if you let it get too close.

There is nothing wrong with owning nice things. I think this is a point that people who are not as well off often forget. Just as you are not automatically a good person because you possess many things, you are not automatically a bad person either. People work hard for their money and should use it in ways that make them happy. My main hope is that people are truly happy in who they are, not just what they own.

Etymology--Acquisitive- formed from the Latin acquirere, meaning to get in addition.


   Foreign Translations
Dutch:  hebzuchtig
French:  āpre au gain
German:  auf Erwerb gerichtet
Italian:  materialista
Spanish:  codicioso

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