According to Kevin Hargaden I’m always banging on about consumerism, so here I go again.
Anyone see this brilliantly done animation of The Story of Stuff?
Whatever you might disagree with, it is very clever and exceptionally well communicated by Annie Leonard. It’s 20 minutes long and worth looking at. I find the overall thesis – that global captialism as its presently configured is obviously and horribly unsustainable – convincing. I used it in a class on consumerism yesterday and it sparked a good discussion.
One astonishing claim she makes: in the USA after 6 months, only 1% of goods are still in product or use after date of sale. This is what I call hyper-consumerism, waste on a truly momentous scale.
From a Christian perspective, followers of Jesus need to be aware of and making a counter-cultural stand against the idol of consumerism at which western culture worships. What that looks like could form a long discussion – I’ll prove Hargaden right by coming back to this I’m sure!
But seriously, as one of the great moral, economic and environmental issues of our time, what Christians and churches stand out to you as those who have been making a stand against the destructive cycle of hyper-consumerism that has overtaken our world in the last 50 years or so? Or is consumerism so embedded in our culture, so ‘normal’ that Christians have been as seduced by its promises of happiness and endless wants being met as everyone else?
I loved another animation presentation she does on the COMPLETE INSANITY (my description) of paying for bottled water. Our family doesn’t – we just fill an empty bottle from the tap. She unpacks it as a mini-story of consumerism gone mad with the poor paying for the impact of an artifically created and unnecessary market. If you have the time here it is