Wednesday, July 1, 2009
The Story of Stuff video highlights the consumer-driven western culture of our time. Profit and consumerism are the driving forces of our society, rather than spiritual values, which is why everything is a mess. No wonder we are not happy. The housing bubble and credit crisis are the crowning ‘achievement’ of this mindless, shallow anti-philosophy. But at least they have now put the spotlight on something that lived in the shadows, half-perceived. Now we must face it. As Annie Leonard says, our consumer culture is not like gravity that we must just deal with. It is our own collective creation, and as such we can change it, and those changes are beginning. For one thing, I am here writing about it on a blog, and you are here reading about it. Two people more who won’t be deceived.