When I grew up, we didn't have much money. I remember getting angry when my parents couldn't afford to buy me the trendy clothes, toys, etc. My mom would always try to tell me that it was what was on the inside that counts, that money and possessions don't give you happiness. I eventually began to try to accept this as the truth. But our country doesn't operate this way at all. The older I get (and I'm nearing 40), I see that it's all about greed, appearances, money, status, possessions, etc., etc. It is really depressing because I really wanted to believe that decent people chose to put their energies into more meaningful pursuits. But those that do are far outweighed by those who don't. This accursed country has been about nothing but TAKING and not caring about the effect it has on others from day one.