A relentless push to induce more consumer purchases is endemic. The weight and size of what we buy is bigger. And it is wrapped up in ever more packaging. The social costs of all this unnecessary consumption are high, and are paid for in environmental destruction.
As adults one of the things we learn very early on is that we will have to learn look out for ourselves. And that's no doubt true, as there's no way to be defended otherwise, and why would you want others doing it for you? We grow, we become stronger we learn about our humanity by taking our own chances based upon our own choices and being willing to live with the consequences of those actions. It teaches us about responsibility not only for ourselves, but the way in which those actions taken affect others. We become adults in our minds, hearts and souls as a result, matching, and even outpacing where we are chronologically, in terms of growth.