How Consumerism Destroyed Our Minds

This is one of the best things I’ve seen on the internet in a while. The author and narrator is George Monbiot, @GeorgeMonbiot

I’m going to pull out some pearls as I watch it again. Here are some:

Consumerism is the stifling of our moral imaginations.

Celebrity culture weaponized consumerism.

A celebrity is a mask that the machine wears.

What consumerism does is constantly to create new needs, constantly to create new wants which didn’t exist before. And once we want that thing well our lives are incomplete until we’ve got it.

Everything becomes a consumable as consumerism – driven by the demands of capitalism – extends into every aspect of our lives and the lives of those around us.

4 thoughts on “How Consumerism Destroyed Our Minds

  1. herochampiongenius

    every single word….. true/…..Thanks for being the force you are. Time to get back to the “world before consumerism”

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  2. Bix Post author

    What happens when we downplay or quiet the material part of life. What is there?

    Is it possible that the part of life left contributes more to life than the material? What do we feed this part of life, to nurture it, so it can be healthy and grow too?

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    1. Randy Eady

      Bix! You’re positing all the right questions!

      From ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) to PACEs (Positive and Adverse Childhood Experiences).

      I recently witnessed a relatively long-standing organization shift their title of ACEs to PACEs. . . so they could start “feeding” well-being & integrating positive childhood experiences into the community in a more meaningful way.

      In this shift they’re now avoiding “the fix-it trap”.

      That being: no longer hampered by “fixing” adversity…which, of course, brings a raft of disguised consumerism and “victim-mentality” along w/many a road paved with good-intention efforts.

      Bottomline:
      “More PCEs, the less depression; the more ACEs, the more depression. Yet: “Joint assessment of PCEs and ACEs may better target needs and interventions and enable a focus on building strengths to promote well being.” – Christina Bethell

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