The false comfort of excessive consumption…would have us all die off drowning in a pile of broken toys, candy wrappers, soda pop bottles, booklets, flyers, and Hummer debris

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Mickel Adzema says:

So I was just walking around at WallMart with Mary Lynn an hour ago and I was thinking about all the crap that was being sold there — all the useless, unnecessary, time-wasting Stuff that we’ve been brainwashed to think we need, want, desire…. I said, "Y’know, you’d think a recession would cause people to focus on what things are really needed, really wanted, … read moredropdown2.png

So I was just walking around at WallMart with Mary Lynn an hour ago and I was thinking about all the crap that was being sold there — all the useless, unnecessary, time-wasting Stuff that we’ve been brainwashed to think we need, want, desire…. I said, “Y’know, you’d think a recession would cause people to focus on what things are really needed, really wanted, and to trim back the excess. And if they did that, that would require the companies producing this excess — which only ends up in landfills, pollutes the planet, exterminates species, and leads to the death of all — to stop production of this junk. And if they went out of business, so what? Let businesses bloom that are part of the solution not part of the problem. Unfortunately, I think some stimulus ideas — notably Obama’s and the Democrat’s stimulus package was criticized because it had a slant towards supporting sustainable and solution-oriented investment — push for expansion of the existing planet-damaging enterprises and their superfluous products. So, instead of making lemonade out of these recession lemons, we simply prolong the life of things that need to be put behind us while we shorten the lives of all living things on this planet.” (more at http://sites.google.com/site/apocalypseemergency/)

Then a little while later, at home, I come across this comment making much the same point: “A really savage depression *might* force people to live in more sustainable ways.”

These things in mind, I think I understand better the Obama Administration’s emphasis on things like alternative energies, jobs for teachers, police, and so on, over more incentives to businesses to create the kind of jobs we’ve become used to — the manufacture of myriad forms of landfill bound, non-biodegradable, momentarily pleasurable trinkets, and the flotsam and jetsam of long forgotten fads, hugely successful albeit short-lived ad campaigns, and massively funded corporate misinformation programs.

So, we have another instance where we can only hope that the Obama Administration will prevail ever more strongly and with less concessions in its moves toward rational change over against the forces of the familiar — in this case the false comfort of excessive consumption — which would have us all die off drowning in a pile of broken toys, candy wrappers, soda pop bottles, booklets, flyers, and Hummer debris. http://bit.ly/8c7TRM

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Tags: amplify, amplog, apocalypse, commercialism, consumption, emergency, excess, intelligence, landfills, Obama, Obama Administration, planet, recession, stimulus, sustainable, useless
Posted by Mickel Adzema 9 days ago

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About sillymickel

Activist, psychotherapist, pre- and perinatal psychologist, author, and environmentalist. I seek to inspire others to our deeper, more natural consciousness, to a primal, more delightful spirituality, and to taking up the cause of saving life on this planet, as motivated by love.
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