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Mihály Csíkszentmihályi and Eugene Rochberg-Halton are two researchers who have spent a lot time studying the impact and effect of wealth. In their classic book, The Meaning of Things (Cambridge University Press, 1981), they made the distinction between two kinds of materialist. Terminal materialists pursue wealth and material things for their own sake — the accumulation as an end in itself. In contrast, instrumental materialism is the pursuit of wealth, primarily as a means to accomplish a greater end. Mary is a perfect example of a such donor. Continue reading