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Material things are physical things that have value and utility to people. People require material things to meet their most basic needs but may acquire things in an excessive, aggressive or compulsive way. The term material things implies something that can be purchased and owned. This includes large scale things such as land and smaller things such as clothing. Material things can be contrasted with intangible things, that also fill human needs. The following are common examples of material things.
Air Conditioners
Air Purifiers
Antiques & Antiquities
Appliances
Beds & Bedding
Beverages
Books
Boxes
Cameras
Capital
Cleaning Supplies
Clothing / Fashion
Coffee Machines
Collectables
Computing Infrastructure
Costumes
Cultural Items
Electronics
Energy Infrastructure
Eye Glasses
Facilities
Food
Footwear
Furniture
Game Systems
Gardening Supplies / Gardens
Gems
Glasses & Dishes
Handbags
Heaters
Hobby Supplies
Home Improvements
Home Renovations
Hospitals
Houses
Housewares
Housing Fixtures
Jewelry
Kitchen Equipment
Land
Land Improvements
Lighting
Luxury Goods
Magazines
Media Equipment
Medical Devices
Mobile Devices
Mugs & Cups
Musical Instruments
Paintings
Paper
Precious Metals
Sailboats
Sculptures
Ships
Souvenirs
Sporting Goods
Stationery
Televisions
Toiletries
Tools
Toys
Transportation Infrastructure
Vehicles
Water
Capital is productive property that produces future value such as a tractor. This can also be intangible such as software that has some productive function.

Materialism

Materialism is the philosophy that life is purely physical. This term is commonly applied to the view that the acquisition of material possessions and ownership rights is a competition that must be "won." Materialism of this sort creates excesses such as extreme wealth whereby individuals are compelled to continue to acquire ownership rights or consume material things at great scale. This has impacts such as environmental damage or economic exclusion whereby poverty may exist alongside extreme wealth.

Minimalism

Minimalism is the view that material things should be kept to a minimum. This is associated with harsh austerity and questionable claims such as the idea that you "don't need material things." Humans certainly require physical things for basic survival. It should also be noted that seemingly intangible things such as the internet actually depend on massive physical infrastructure such as the countless data centers that provide internet-based services.

Essential Complexity

Essential complexity is the idea that you make things as simple as they can be without reducing value such as quality of life. This is an pragmatic alternative to the excesses of materialism and harsh austerity of minimalism.

Intangible Things

Intangible things are things that humans value that have no direct physical form. In many cases, these are actually rooted in physical things. For example, a forest has a physical presence but experience of nature is intangible. It should be noted, that intangible things can also be pursued in an excessive, aggressive or compulsive way that can be problematic. For example, an individual can pursue intangible experiences such as video games or vacations with just as much energy as an individual who pursues the collection of physical things such as handbags or gold.

Summary

Material things are physical things that are valued by people. Humans have a remarkable talent for creating material things such as tools that have helped us to thrive as a species. It can be argued that this has been taken too far by modern societies whereby people can become obsessed with shopping and consumption of services.
Overview: Material Things
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Physical things that have value and utility to people.
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Material Things

This is the complete list of articles we have written about material things.
Capital
Collectables
Food
Furniture
Gems
Houses
Human Needs
Land Improvements
Lighting
Luxury Goods
Material Things
Materialism
Minimalism
Modern Things
Philosophy
Poverty
Pragmatism
Precious Metals
Quality Of Life
Sporting Goods
Things
Tools
Toys
Vehicles
Water
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