Over the course of time it becomes imperative to reevaluate our lifestyles. Asking ourselves what the motives are behind our decisions. To not assume that everyone wants the best for us, instead of simply their company. That men and women alike should be willing to challenge the societal norm in which we live. Not believing that just because the people around us are acting a certain way we should do the same. That happiness does not come from material possessions, but rather from internal processes. Consumerism has put the value of material possessions greater than that of connections, experiences, and the truly important entities of life and reality. —Such has been the cause of suffering and depression in the modern age. Our 39th president, Jimmy Carter, even warned the country about the consequences of consumerism in his speech titled “Crisis of Confidence”. To prove this, let the truth be unraveled through your own experiences and by understanding the real motives behind the large companies in the world.
Consumerism is simply a bunch of businesses trying to make a ton of money by selling us stuff that we don’t need. I believe we are losing control of ourselves. We’ve becoming obsessed with buying stuff, which creates loads of debt Do we really need that much space in a house? Does a nice car, house or watch really make us a better person? Does it really make us happy? We are driven to achieve the American dream, but what is the American dream? A fantasy land in which we own the nicest house, car and material possession in the neighborhood. What if the American dream isn’t my dream? Then am I a rebel. Going against what society is telling me. I am just living a life of happiness and mindfulness.
- It has been run by a bunch of CEO’s who only care about money.
- It has tricked people into thinking they have a void that can only be filled with stuff
- It has destroyed nature in order to run manufacturing plants that are horrible for the environment
- It has increased overall debt in developed countries by persuading people to buy a house that they will work their whole lives to pay off.
- It has created an economy dependent on consumerism
- It has created a need for compulsory consumption, in which people shop just to shop.
- It has created greed as a value of the American people. Making money the prime focus in life.
- It has made it hard for people to live in the moment, everyone is always daydreaming about a material possession that they want
- For decreasing my overall wellbeing, and making me more depressed, angry, and hopeless than ever before.
- For creating a dependence on money
- For ruining the environment
- For creating an illusion of a gaping void and a need for material possession that won’t even make me happy
- For creating sickness and unhealthy eating by valuing and advertising junk food on every corner of every city.
- For making me discontent with who I am
- For making me value self indulgence and stimulation
- For making me value what I own over what I accomplish in life
I tried to obtain my independence peacefully through mindfulness, minimalism, and meditation. I starting eliminating all the excess material possessions in my life. I began living in the moment and unhooking from stimulation and constant advertisements. But overall, you came out on top. Constantly bombarding me with advertisement and false hopes. Therefore, I ought to be free and detached from the false hope that you’re offering me. I will act on my own, free of debt, wanting stuff, and living a depressing, hopeless life. I pledge to be free, happy, mindful, and living everyday to its fullest without the interruptions of your institution.
Ethan Nelson (“The Mindful Young Man”)
This post is merely an essay that I had to write in school. The point of the essay was to write a mock declaration of independence against a person or institution. I chose the institution of consumerism and here is my article.