Worldliness is much more than avoiding smoking cigarettes or attending R-rated movies. Worldliness is consumerism. Society changed radically from the rural pre-industrial and pre-scientific era into an urban, industrialized culture in the 19th and 20th centuries. The industrialization of the occidental world in turn has led to the information age of the 21st century, which is also driven by consumerism. In both the industrial age, and in the more recent information age, the entire economy of the western world is predicated upon ever-increasing production of goods, which in turn relies on ever-increasing consumption of those goods.
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