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The Vietnam War was a tragic time. There were countless casualties, which could have been prevented. But does that automatically immaterialize the way of life for a person? Muhammad Ali didn’t think so.

This is what I wrote for my English paper on Muhammad Ali. Does anyone have a better way to say 'beliefs and way of life' in a single word?

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    The best way to say "beliefs and way of life" is "beliefs and way of life". The longer, slightly redundant phrase better emphasizes the concept than would some shorter one. – Hot Licks Oct 26 '16 at 23:53
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    Jess, please look up the meaning of immaterialize, think about the relationship between your first two sentences and the question that follows, and then consider rewording your question. – Richard Kayser Oct 27 '16 at 0:22
  • Creed? a set of beliefs or aims that guide someone's actions. "liberalism was more than a political creed" – user662852 Oct 27 '16 at 2:13
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It's hard to believe this is an English word, but the word weltanschauung (http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/weltanschauung) suits your purposes nicely.

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Values

You can talk about a person's values.

Technically I suppose "values" are just moral beliefs or principles, but I think we can all agree Muhammad Ali lived according to his values, so in the context I think values expresses your idea.

I have no idea what immaterialize is supposed to mean, though.

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