Ownership of Self and Property

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Ownership has long affected our sense of self and worth. It has changed with the times but still affects us the same way as before. The famous philosopher, Plato, thought that “owning objects is detrimental to a person's character”. By examining the different types of ownership and evidence from historical to contemporary society, ownership correlates with one’s sense of self by either improving or diminishing it.
. It is impossible for any living organism to survive without owning anything. From insects to mankind, owning some sort of property, whether tangible or intangible, is our way of surviving. As the most complex of all living organisms, our expression and demands towards property and ownership vary numerously (LeFevre 1). In the “American Dream”, one of the main ideals is to be able to own a home or land. In August 2013, President Obama addresses the issues of modern economy and kick starts a new housing finance system. “Thanks to reforms of the financial system that cracked down on the most reckless practices that led to the housing crisis, responsible Americans can feel more confident and secure when they borrow money to purchase their own home” (Donovan). However, the mistake that many people make is seeing property as their home or land as itself and nothing more. What humans fail to acknowledge is that it is not just the property or object itself, it is the relationship that we attach ourselves to that object, “Property viewed as the object or objects of man's drive to own, is of far less importance than the drive itself” (LeFevre 2). Before being able to own property, the desire to strive and longingly want to own property must be prominent. Without it, no one would have the desire to own or even care to own anyth...

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...wledge the fact that no one is capable of owning them except themselves. Being able to know that you are the only person who is capable of making decisions for yourself is the only way to develop a true sense of self awareness.

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