A friend turned me onto this blog post by George Manbiot, called The Gift of Death about pathological consumption. Take a few minutes to read it (I've shared the link below). It just may change your life.
"This boom has not happened by accident. Our lives have been corralled and shaped in order to encourage it. World trade rules force countries to participate in the festival of junk. Governments cut taxes, deregulate business, manipulate interest rates to stimulate spending. But seldom do the engineers of these policies stop and ask “spending on what?”. When every conceivable want and need has been met (among those who have disposable money), growth depends on selling the utterly useless. The solemnity of the state, its might and majesty, are harnessed to the task of delivering Terry the Swearing Turtle to our doors."
THE GIFT OF DEATH: GEORGE MANBIOT
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