It’s Time to Get Off the Merry Go Round

 

Has Consumerism Consumed Us?

We have reached a point where we owe more than we produce, or can produce. We pay interest on interest for things we have purchased yet no longer want, yet we still shop for more stuff.

Also, we believe that it’s wise to begin paying after we receive the stuff, and are still paying for it long after the stuff has lost its usefulness or its allure.

It's only stuff, people, but the incremental nature of it's acquisition can diminish our natures.     
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10 Responses Feb 9, 2009

I salute your point of view. Nice if more of us embraced its truth. Thanx for the post. mini

I can agree with you here. I'm trying to be more frugal it's and uphill battle.

It would be great if there were more opportunities to recycle items as there are so many that could be recycled. We would need a mega recycle facility what a good use of land.

I agree with what you say,and would add we never end up where we are by chance.

I can't remember the name of the story, but Kurt Vonnegut wrote a short story in which the more affluent you are, the less stuff you have and the more simple it is. So the poor would have a big overstuffed, sort of ostentatious couch, and the more affluent would have a less stuffed and more elegant by its simplicity sort of couch. It has been a long time since I read it, so if someone remembers it differently, or can remember the name, please chime in.<br />
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It was prophetic. Here we are getting commercials talking about a return to basics and a more simple life, trying to sell us more stuff!

YOU SURE ARE RIGHT. WE HAVE BECOME A GENERATION OF JUNK COLLECTORS. I SAW WHERE THE HIGHEST INCOME REAL ESTATE PROPERTY IS ' STORAGE LOCKERS' WHERE PEOPLE PAY TO KEEP STUFF STORED THAT THEY FORGET ABOUT AND NEVER USE. WHAT A WASTE.ALL WE HEAR IS BUY, BUY, BUY. I KNOW THAT PEOPLE HAVE TO MAKE A LIVING, BUT THIS CONSUMER BUYING HAS GOTTEN OUT OF CONTROL.

And now the government is doing it. The federal reserve is solvent. Can a nation declare bankruptcy?

Take a look at George Carlin's take on "Stuff". Great stuff..lol<br />
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MvgN5gCuLac

The scary part? In a consumer economy, if no one buys, no one gets paid.

That would work on small scales, I suppose, within small communities. But sophisticated systems have benefits and efficiencies, they encourage peaceful relations between regions

Reuse and recycle ! ! !

I couldn't have said it better myself. I am very troubled by how consumerism has taken over.