"You work in a job you hate, to buy stuff that you don't need, to impress people that you don't like." - Unknown
Imagine yourself living in the following world:
You live in a safe pleasant and unpolluted community where you actually know your neighbors and interact with them, be it a small town, a suburb, or a city neighborhood. You can easily walk, bicycle, or take effective mass transit to your nearby job, giving you time to think or read as you get there.
The work that you do improves our future, benefits your community and means something to you and those with whom you interact. You look forward to Monday. The longer that you are employed the more you learn and the more valuable you become to your employer with an increasing level of pay.
Your work schedule leaves you sufficient time to enjoy your friends, family and outside interests.
Money isn't a controlling influence in your life because your needs are easily met. Your possessions are few, yet of high quality, thus allowing your home to be smaller and less expensive to own or rent.
Occasionally you need to travel to a large store on the edge of town. You do this on a free shuttle bus or perhaps in a simple, older vehicle, the use and costs of which you might share with others or a car that you rent only when you need it, thus preserving for yourself the weeks or months that it takes to earn the thousands of dollars that owning a new car would take.
Consumerism is taking that dream away. It is helped by the ability to get information across to millions at the same time and in the blink of an eye. At first a growing number of pleasant conveniences...