We believe we are the consumers, but we are the consumed
Western civilization, in spite of claims to support diversity, is promoting a worldwide monoculture — the same basic values, institutions and points of view for everyone — which it calls ‘globalization’. Western commercial culture with its pursuit of markets and commodities eliminates all true culture, which is based on quality, not quantity. It creates … See More...
We are intricately connected to our environment, we are a part of the whole. Yet, we have lost that recognition, that knowledge, that awareness. We think we can defy the laws of nature, nature itself, and that we can reap the rewards without putting in the work. Our ideas of what is good and good for us have been so convoluted that it is downright perverse. How did we get to this point? How can we be so blind to our own detriment? We must address our disconnect, with ourselves, and each other. We must recognize that the void created by this disconnect cannot be filled with things, through materialism. When we act against our nature, we act against ourselves. This creates a volatility within us and it that volatility that has led to many of the problems within our society. It is imperative that we return to self, that we return to our nature, to nature itself. Quality is far more important than quantity. We have a relationship with the things we use, they become a part of our lives. If we buy junk, our relationship is with junk, and the relationship itself ends up degrading to the point where it itself is also junk. We forget about what it takes to bring a product to our hands. We forget the human involvement. We forget the human connection, and as a result, we forget our own connection to self. Consumerism ends up consuming our identity, our individuality. I love this: "In reality, there are only people; people we help or people we harm." What if we remembered the human(s) behind every product? What if we remembered the human condition that each product perpetuated? What if that was the driving force behind our desire for the product instead of just acquisition? I absolutely agree that indulging our creative spirit reconnects us to purpose and understanding. Finally, we can begin to see beyond consumerism. Finally, we can see once again to the more. Treating people as products, pressing them into conformity and servitude, steals their identity and with its connection to themselves and the world they live in. The first step is recognizing the problem. Love this: "We do not need to change anything, except ourselves." Beautiful and necessary article. Thank you, Bryant. ❤️