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Consumerism

Consumerism. A shallow religion founded on projection and illusion.


Themes related to Consumerism include advertising, debt and the Corporate Matrix.



recent Consumerism posts

quote - consumerism defined

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Making, mending, sharing and gifts - or consumerism

Making, mending, sharing and gifts or consumerism If you borrow a vast amount of money, to buy a large, glossy, powerful car, you are likely to feel happier for a few months. Then feel no different to when you drove your old car. Then realise what misery debt creates. If you make or mend anything, no matter how small, it could be decorative or practical - it will give

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consumerism, creativity, debt, pathological wealth, positive mental attitude, wholeness, wisdom,
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Islands of Sanity in Dark Days

In a nutshell, the Gnostic Gospels shows Jesus to have said: 'People are born out of darkness, they will return to darkness when they die, and choose to spend the time in between either drunk or asleep.' Nowadays that entails alcohol, drugs, junk media or full-time consumerism. Or, of course, several forms of unconsciousness (2) at once. and also said: 'The road to awakening is Self

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awakening, consciousness, consumerism, debt, gnosticism, hope, islandsofsanity, pathological wealth, psychology, self knowledge,
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investing in life

I am sometimes offered the occasional hour of paid work, mowing someone's lawn, or similar, but I have no interest in extra money. I now receive the state pension, but for many years lived on a budget that was barely 40% of this, while working on my house. I have never seen extra money make anyone happy, except young parents faced with the impossibility of buying or building their own home.

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consumerism, exercise, FIIT, healthyfood, longevity,
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consumerism alienation and wholeness

Please, please switch off the noise, and take heed, There is nothing "out there" that you need shallowness and consumerism creates alienation and destroys wholeness

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advertising, alienation, consumerism, poems, shallowness, wholeness,
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Acquisition v Introspection poem

p { margin-bottom: 0.25cm; line-height: 120%; } Acquisition v Introspection  poem I buy a faster car … the car loses its appeal it’s really a symbol of steering your own direction ... cold, lifeless metal what is a car? I buy a bigger house … the house loses its appeal it’s really a symbol of a larger Self … cold, inert bricks what is a house? I want

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consumerism, meaningful, poems, psychology, selfcare, symbolic,
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View from the hill

Today,as I gazed down at the town from my hilltop, I saw a "man" who had inherited about £120,000 several years ago, and, rather than buy his council flat, he'd blown all the money on foreign holidays (which he couldn't recall, due to the vast intake of alcohol) and wanted to stay as he always had - unemployed, cared for (mothered) by the state, and permanently drunk. It's mildly annoying for

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advertising, alcohol, alienation, being, consciousness, consumerism, creativity, leadbyexample, selfcare, transport,
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Broke and Free = paradise

For hundreds of years the landed 'nobles' of Europe stole the produce of their serfs (slaves) and stole land from each other using the 'patriotic' curse to propel their slaves into war: millions of dead millions of widows millions of widowers millions of orphans millions of sufferers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and worse … much worse , and no treatment or understanding. And they no

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alcohol, consumerism, fiction, freedom, history, paradise, pathological wealth, politics, psychology, reinventing slavery, selfcare, wisdom,
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hashtag needed non corporate social media

The very wealthy want ordinary people on zero-hours contracts, mindless, weary, drugged, consumers, in debt and paying them rent for "life" (if you can call it that). They want addicts of corporate "entertainment" and news. Clearly we need to be noncompliant, but what phrase, better still, what hashtag best describes this? #unplugged is no use, because it is widely used for 'time out', which

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consumerism, creativity, debt, freedom, responsibility, Social media,
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energy policy for a sane species

Imagine that the human race was capable of consideration for others, rationality and honesty. What would the world's energy supply look like? The most recent estimate of global energy consumption is for 2013 - 5.67 10^20 joules A kilowatt hour is 1000 x 60 x 60 joules = 3,600,000 joules = 3.6 10^6 joules. So energy consumption is approximately 2.10^14 kilowatt hours per year. For those

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consumerism, empathy, environment, politics, psychology, renewable energy, solar,
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Pathological Wealth - and solutions

#pathologicalwealth - a hashtag that is overdue! A preamble to the video of Ethos Genesis Post-mechanisation,the production and distribution of basic needs is so simple that we should all be bored stiff. In fact, most people are too busy and exhausted due to the corrupting effects of #pathologicalwealth of the few, and disinterest on self-education by many of the poorest. The following

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alienation, banking, bullying, consumerism, corporations, debt, democracy, denial, education, growyourown, leadbyexample, love, matrix, pathological wealth, Social media, votewithyourwallet,
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Where bottled water really comes from....

  copyright 2016  Marty Downs   Americans love their bottled water. It seems that they can't go anywhere without a bottle in their hand...and of course, in the other hand a smart (dumb) phone.  A satire of modern American materialism ... even when the product contains NOTHING ! Related: cartoons, consumerism, paintings, satire, miscellany 1

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Solar power inverters - efficiency and self-reliance

Tata, the car manufacturer (and more) and one of the first to make a budget electric car, now has an offshoot called Tata Power Solar. It is releasing a solar PV unit that stores electricity from PhotoVoltaic panels in batteries to power an inverter (to mains AC) to replace the domestic mains when there is a power cut. This is designed for helping customers in remote and poor areas where

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consumerism, environment, photos, photovoltaic, renewable energy, solar,
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obscene wealth inequality

Several news reports today highlight the growing domination of wealth, power and economic/banking control by the few. The Oxfam plea:  "Oxfam calls on governments to take action to reverse this trend. It wants workers paid a living wage and the gap with executive rewards to be narrowed. It calls for an end to the gender pay gap, compensation for unpaid care and the promotion of equal land

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banking, books, consumerism, corporations, economics, health, matrix, pathological wealth, reinventing slavery, wealth, wellbeing,
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Li-air batteries - electric car prospects

With environmentally friendly fans of electric cars bouyed by the performance of Li-Ion batteries and the increasing installation of PV (photo-voltaic) cells on residential roofs and industrial premises, the outlook is now even brighter with the advent of Li-air batteries. BMW i3 2013 electric car The new BMW i3 claiming a 100 mile range is due to go on sale in September 2013. BMW predicts

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consumerism, electric vehicles, environment, photos, renewable energy, solar, solar storage, votewithyourwallet,
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Solar PV progress

The Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy has published a report on the problems of merging large scale PV (photovoltaic) solar energy generation with existing AC (alternating current) distribution systems (like to your home and businesses). Dependence on PV to a large extent causes problems associated with daylight being limited, which is easy to manage (other sources of energy are timed

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consumerism, environment, photos, photovoltaic, renewable energy, solar,
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consumerism, happiness and creativity

Consumerism never made anyone happy.  Look at the faces (and bad manners) in any supermarket and you'll see.  In contrast, making or mending anything always produces satisfaction - try it :)  thought for the day:-  there's lizards, there's snakes  and corporate greed  the hoardings instruct me  'want more than you need' no thanks ... (tags: consumerism, creativity, meaningful,

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consumerism, creativity, meaningful, meaningful poems, poems,
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Stone Gods Jeanette Winterson

I read this novel three times in a fortnight, so it surely qualifies as one of the most engaging novels I've recently found. It is partly a contemporary and near-future satire of consumerism (particularly sexual), space exploration, robots, the media as non-elected government, environmental destruction, the individual versus the system, techno-information and computerised impersonal policing.

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authors, books, consumerism, fiction, Jeanette Winterson, love, open minds, photos, Social media, video,
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Corporate satire 1 - Yuppy executive under pressure

Chapter 1 Paul was eating a muffin from his left hand while combing his hair with his right. His girlfriend, Tiffany, was shouting at him to get the raise in salary he'd been promised by his boss, and demanding a more showy car; Saab or Mercedes, preferably. It was proving difficult to fend off her accusations, what with the clutter of other thoughts that had kept him awake most of the night …

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consumerism, corporations, fast food, fiction, junk food, matrix, satire, yuppy,
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