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pagga | Student, Grade 10 | eNoter

Posted November 16, 2011 at 5:14 PM via web

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money has replaced emotions and sentiments

i have a debate competion n i need some points AGAINST this! plzz help

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rrteacher | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted November 16, 2011 at 10:02 PM (Answer #2)

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If you need points against, I'd focus on the historical reality that people have always been motivated by the desire for financial gain, at least to an extent. While capitalism certainly eroded some of the traditional bonds that held pre-modern society together, I'm not sure those bonds were characterized by emotion and sentiment. In other words, money may trump sentiment, but this is not a recent phenomenon.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted November 16, 2011 at 11:16 PM (Answer #3)

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All you need to say against this is "money can't buy me love."  It may be that money has become very important in our society, but it is no substitute for emotional connection.  People's family lives and their friendships still run on emotion, not on money.  People may spend a lot of time chasing money, but the ones who are really happy have emotional bonds with others.

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lmetcalf | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted November 17, 2011 at 3:43 AM (Answer #4)

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It might be interesting to research the amount of money that is donated to charitable organizations in a given year. What do statistics indicate is the annual percentage contribution by people of a certain income bracket? It would a way to connect the issue of money to the issue of emotion -- people give their money to causes that they have an emotional connection to.

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wannam | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted November 21, 2011 at 4:57 AM (Answer #5)

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I don't think money can replace emotions and sentiments.  I think we often use money to express our emotions or sentiments but that does not mean that money replaces them.  Any example of money replacing emotion could easily appear to be money used to express emotion as well.  If an artist uses a brush to express their creativity on canvas, we do not say that the brush replaces the artist or that the brush is art.  Money can be a wonderful tool, but it cannot replace emotion.

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ginny17 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 22, 2011 at 2:16 AM (Answer #6)

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money has replaced emotions and sentiments

i have a debate competion n i need some points AGAINST this! plzz help

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted February 20, 2012 at 11:17 AM (Answer #7)

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Money is material, and emotions are physiological. Money is external, and emotions are internal. Most people use money emotionally. They buy things they like, they invest based on emotions, and so on. So money cannot possibly replace our emotions.

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