I strongly encourage you to take six minutes and watch a short video over at Get Rich Slowly on modern society's urge to shop:
"99% of the stuff we harvest, mine, process, transport, and consume is trash within six months. Only 1% of the materials used to produce consumer goods (including the goods themselves) are still used six months after the date of sale."
Particularly chilling is the following quote too from a retail analyst in the 1950's (my emphasis):
"Our enormously productive economy ... demands that we make consumption our way of life, that we convert the buying and use of goods into rituals, that we seek our spiritual satisfaction, our ego satisfaction, in consumption.... we need things consumed, burned up, replaced, and discarded at an ever-accelerating rate."
Love to hear your thoughts! So, is there room for one more Coles or Safeway in your area :-)
Links: The Story of Stuff
Tags: personal, modern, culture, society, finance