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Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Dave Rogers on Consumerism and Commercialism

Dave has another thoughtful piece on Consumerism and Commercialism. Here's a paragraph that hit home with me:

The second theme, or organizing principle is a belief in consumerism. By that I mean the preoccupation of society with the acquisition of consumer goods. It seems to me, based on what I am able to observe around me, that we have the belief that the main purpose of life, its meaning, if you will, is to be found in the production and consumption of things. This is more than simply materialism, because it is not just the mere possession of things, that is meaningful, it is the desire, pursuit and acquisition. Put simply, the distinguishing difference between consumerism and materialism is that in consumerism we value what we don't already have more than what we already do. This is at the expense of more abstract, some would say spiritual values, which might otherwise define or shape our views on the purpose of life and its meaning. And it is often to our material disadvantage as well.

Please read the whole thing.