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 more

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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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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