The paradox to consumerism


The paradox to consumerism

August 4, 2016 By

Recently, a conversation occurred in which my friends questioned that matter of how various products are produced involving unsustainable practises and inhumane working conditions for those hired by big corporations. They concluded that all this was due to the immorality and greed of humanity.

However, it is fundamentally not just about greed The monetary system itself is the root issue here.  The current economic paradigm is just inherently flawed. Millions of human beings right now on this planet unfortunately depend on people buying food brands filled with chemicals, poisonous shampoos other toxic products, because they depend on a pay check from the job they work at in some factory producing these ‘goods’. They must submit to some form of labor, 8 or more hours a day in order to be allowed to survive in this current economic system, where you starve to death on the street if you don’t have enough of that arbitrary made up abstraction called “money” to buy food and shelter etc. So by us not buying those poisonous damaging products anymore, those people who depend on the public buying those horrendous products so that they can obtain money to be allowed to survive are basically now in no position to financially support themselves or their families. To be clear, these people are clueless as to the effects of what the products they work to produce are.. they don’t know that.. more often than not their own health is effected from spraying pesticides over the foods we purchase, effected from existing in toxic working conditions which they endure so they earn money which allows them to survive, that’s all. One could argue that, by not buying the products that industries advertise to us, we are thus taking purchasing power and thereby survival allowance away from people. It is THE SYSTEM. Every TV you do NOT buy, hurts the people working in the TV industry. They don’t sell TV’s? Their children go hungry and they can not pay rent. And if you buy a Panasonic TV, the men and women who try and sell Samsung TV’s will loose business and their children will suffer from it. It is clearly THE SYSTEM that is insane. Those making smartphones working 14 hours a day and 6 days a week in sweatshop factories with suicide nets built on to them because the working conditions and hours are so reprehensible and inhumane, are not submitting to that labor 14 hours a day because of “greed”. Clearly. They are submitting to that boring, repetitive, toxic, soul crushing labor in order to be allowed to survive because without money you die in this society. So for millions of people it comes down to: Submit to the labor that is available to you or starve to death on the street. That… is the current economic system and the society we live in. It is not voluntary.

So it’s not about “greed” or even about morals. It is a systemic issue. The current socio-economic system is completely, inherently and absolutely fundamentally immoral, destructive and insane to it’s very core – in no uncertain terms.
And I am putting it mildly. Here are some websites that I recommend which can help with this train of thought:

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About the author

13884480_10208164193480820_1617159676_nSebastian Schmeusen has a bachelor’s degree in International relations focusing on globalisation, intercultural communication and cultural analysis. A dedicated Vegan since 2013 for ethical reasons and environmental concerns, he is committed to promoting health of the mind, body and spirit. He is an active promoter of The Zeitgeist Movement and The Venus Project. He has been passionately spreading the word about the aims and proposals of these movements since 2009. He has written extensively about these movements along with subjects such as cosmopolitanism and environmental destruction due to an economic system based on increasing consumption. He enjoys sharing these interests with others and hopes to make a difference in peoples lives by presenting them with alternative viewpoints in regard to topics concerning society, culture and the economic system.