Acquisitive – The word acquisitive is neither new to me nor used much by the news media. However, the word acquisitive precisely describes western society's pathological obsession with the acquisition of material things. In other words, it isn't enough to describe western society as materialistic. It is necessary to focus more specifically on western society's insatiable acquisition fever. For much of western society, and specifically the U.S., what passes for “success” is often measured purely by a person’s material wealth, or artificial social status( i.e. Kardashianism),  no matter how culturally devoid and vapid the person, within the devolution of a "having the most toys" society.