Here is a good article I saw on Relevantmagazine.com today.
How much of everything we do is motivated by the accumulation of stuff? Or as Francic A. Shaeffer would put it: "Personal peace and affluence". Education, Career, the way we raise our kids...how much is taken over by the fact we want ourselves and our children to be "successful" which of course means, rich. Take a look, some of the stats are pretty shocking.