Hunger For More Laurence Shames Analysis

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Hunger for More Laurence Shames’ describes Americans “Hunger for More” as being an American trait that stems from our history of the frontier era, but in actuality it is a human trait (80). People all over the world have evolved into the concept of craving for more. I have traveled to many parts of the world, sailed to most of the islands in the Caribbean. My personal observation, whether people are well to do or poor, is that they desire to have more things as opposed to needing them. Other countries have access to television, internet, and cell phones, receiving the same information as America. Because of this, they also want and consume more as well, ultimately contributing to the fact that the hunger for more is a universal human…show more content…
In particular, they want to be respected, powerful, viewed as successful and live and surround themselves in an elite social class. Therefore, the more material possessions they acquire, the more prestigious they feel or as some say: “I have made it”. Such as in the 17 century, a person’s obesity was a sign of their prosperity. However, as we know today, those views hold some opposition. According to an article in Slate On, the poor and low income people in our society are more overweight than the wealthy. This psychological behavior transcends to other cultures as well, telling me that people don’t really want equality but superiority. Regardless of the parts of the world you are from, someone always wants to feel superior to someone else. Though Americans did inherit the “wanting more” trait from the frontier opportunities, there were an influx of other nationalities flocking to America for the same opportunities (82). Likewise, they too have adopted the “hunger for more” mentality because they are financially able to adopt the psychological want. More specifically, I’ve worked with numerous immigrants who were raised in very poor societies and were taught to always help provide for the

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