by Sean Hurley, re-post from Social Rebirth
So here we are almost through October and hurtling headlong into another season of mindless consumption. It won’t be long now and we will be seeing all those mind-numbing ads telling us that it is time to hit the strip-mall and get sacks full of materialistic garbage in order to prove our love to each other. Nothing says “I love you” like a cheap plastic 3-speed Sundae maker complete with an iPod dock and 6 month limited warranty, made in China by people that make $1.00 a day. It is time for brain-dead consumption, no time for thinking about where the fantastic plastic crap is made, let’s just get out there and really boost that infinite growth model. The rainforests, polar ice caps, acidified oceans and poverty stricken people are just going to have to take a back seat while we haul car-loads of wasted resources home with us to wrap up in pretty paper so that we can spread all the consumer “love” with our nearest and dearest.
We are bound to save, save, save, as we shop our brains out at all the consumption holiday sales, and if we can’t manage to get our hands on a brand new ishit 629 – that Chinese employees are working themselves into a deep depression to make for us, leading at times to suicide - then I am sure there should be more in by Boxing-buy-more-garbage-Day. I am still not entirely sure how it is that we are supposed to be saving money by spending it; however I would suggest that if you really want to save some cash this holiday season there is a simple way to do it.
Don’t take part.
I know that’s all just a bit too hard; how would we explain to our children that we have been lying to them about some fat guy in a suit for all these years? They would never understand the level of environmental degradation that all this consumption generates. Besides, nothing is going to change anyway.
Alas, one way or another things are going to change. Either we will wake up to ourselves and figure out that this growth-for-the-sake-of-growth economy and all its backwards traditions are completely unsustainable on a finite planet, leading us to stand up and collectively reject this antiquated system… or we will continue on our merry way taking our biosphere to the brink of collapse, at which time the natural limits of our planet will become all too clear to each and every one of us.
It is just a matter of time.