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Archbishop: Children are 'too materialistic'

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26 02 08 - 09:11
The Archbishop of Canterbury has issued his bluntest warning yet that rampant commercialism is transforming children into selfish materialists with little sense of their own worth.

Commenting on a report from the Good Childhood Inquiry, of which he is the patron, Dr Rowan Williams said: "Children should be encouraged to value themselves for who they are as people rather than what they own.
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This problem is not new, but it is good to hear someone prominent make the point. Adults have been valuing themselves and each other for what they own ever since TV advertising took off.

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