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Thursday, October 19, 2017

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Saving the planet one soul at a time

By Skipper, published on Jan 20, 2012

...that idea flies straight in the face of millions of years of evolved instinct to live now, consume now, because there may be nothing tomorrow. The problem of course is that human consumption is more than just overgrazing or species exclusion; the instinct has been hijacked by commerce, and consumerism’s long reach is enormously and disproportionately destructive.

So what is to be done? These kinds of ideas have been around for a long time and I’ve not seen a good refutation of them. There has been much theorising about the absolute carrying capacity of the planet, but these... (more)

Tags: environment, consumerism, personal growth, extinction, spirituality, population, ecology, carrying capacity, resource depletion

Buy Nothing Day

By Selina Jane, published on Nov 27, 2009

...TV and play more video games than ever before and mental illness is rampant. We are constantly on the go. Trying to keep up with our bills, trying to stop the walls from crumbling.

But they are crumbling already.

We haven't learned that a society built on the principles of mass consumerism isn't the way to go. It won't create lasting happiness, or bring us closer to our spiritual selves. Our sole purpose in life is not to spend, obtain, and have debt. Having a bigger house, a luxury car, an $ 80K a year job, and a surplus of credit cards does not contribute to the evolution of ... (more)

Tags: consumerism, capitalism, buy nothing day, spending, black friday

Black Friday Stomp

By D. E. Carson, published on Dec 2, 2008

On Black Friday, 34-year-old Jdimytai Damour never knew what hit him. Frankly, that’s not even Wal-Mart’s fault. Damour was working at a Long Island, NY Wal-Mart when the doors opened at 5:00 to allow shoppers into the store to begin the Christmas Shopping Season. Throngs of bargain-seekers clamored through the doors when they opened and Mr. Damour’s life came to a very abrupt and tragic end.

There is only one word in the English language that even comes close to describing this incident: stupid.

It isn’t Damour’s fault, he was doing the job he was told to do. It isn’t Wal-Mart’s... (more)

Tags: wallmart shoppers, black friday at wallmart, commercial christmas, consumerism

My Toothpaste Can Solve World Peace

By Michael R. Gauthier, published on May 22, 2007

I'm dizzy. It's very hard for me to write right now. How did I just spend 4 hours at Target and return home with nothing? Nothing! It was so simple. My list was small. I needed toothpaste, deodorant and a carton of OJ- almost not worth trekking out to the store in the first place. But since there wasn't much else on my plate for the afternoon, I decided to take advantage of the modern advent of the super, supermarket. In a world where our most basic food items are now only a few aisles over from our most basic clothing items, it seems as if every day should be a shopping day. So the... (more)

Tags: consumerism, choices, toothpaste flavors, monopoly, product

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