Our society has put its eyes on material things and some like to find a good excuse to receive some more. The heathen festival at the end of the year, having received its misleading name Christmas, is full of pagan symbols and the majority of people who celebrate it with the excuse as the remembrance of the birth of Christ, which was in 4BCE, October 17, do not really have many remembrance elements for this Messiah, who gave his life for mankind.
many things which I do not want
people just cannot get enough of what they have + want more > current culture of Consumerism = people know price of everything but value of nothing
‘citizens’ = equal partners in downward spiral of humanity
first citizens on earth + then consumers in traditional concept of market driven society.
race to own multiple profiles on various networking sites = most senseless thing that people of our generation especially youth are attracted to do
a person’s stature = judged by number of followers or friends s/he has on networking site
media both print + electronic = trashed ethical principle of ‘informing’ people of what’s happening around => become producer of news which has to be fed to consumers in typical market terminology
media = competing with ordinary citizens to get most likes + shares on social media => information at the heart of good governance = ignored
media has turned into retailers selling products in the guise of news through common people who are acting as sales and marketing agents
culture of excesses and consumerism = current culture of seeking materialistic pleasures or satisfaction<= tendency to attribute happiness to external materialistic sources
wild chase of things we do not want but yet seek created emptiness in our souls => to fill such emptiness = if we buy something new, maybe we will feel good = cognitive process based on a hollow logic = creates a cycle
feeling sad > purchase > repress our need to feel complete temporarily => not sustainable => coped up with another purchase
new purchase brings temporary satisfaction = makes us believe that what we need a constant dose of newer stuff in order to feel happy => begin journey of seeking happiness from external sources.
forgotten > key to happiness lies within ourselves
not even connected to ourselves > understanding of self has degraded to superficial concepts such as looks, outwards personality
animalistic concepts of existence of God or supernatural power + focus on finding a divine connection which can flush out the negativity from our minds and instil only positive thoughts => connection can only be established with nature or higher self
first of all humans + then customers or consumers or whatever terminology one wants to ascribe to us = meant to act as cohesive unit since humanity demands us to live for each other = as long as we are secure within ourselves + this security provides us with confidence to be useful to others.
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How many things are there which I do not want, was once said by Socrates. But it seems that people just cannot get enough of what they have and want more. As the current culture of Consumerism perfectly justifies what Oscar Wilde mentioned, today people know the price of everything but the value of nothing. It would be wrong to blame the producers alone for the consumerist culture that we are leaving in. The ‘citizens’ are equal partners in this downward spiral of humanity. Why is it a downward spiral will be unfolded subsequently but for now let us focus on what has this consumerist tendency been doing and how. In addition to this, it is important to understand that we are first citizens on earth and then consumers in traditional concept of market driven society.
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