who paid for that?

01Mar08

well, this just about sums it up.

it’s pretty propaganda-ish at points, but the overall statement is great.

here’s what i’m taking away from the quick 20 minutes i invested in this vid:

i don’t ultimately pay for the good deals i get.

1% is still in product or use after their date of sale in north america.

“our enmormously productive economy…  demands that we make consumption our way of life, that we convert the buying and use of goods into rituals, that we seek our spiritual satisfaction, our ego satisfaction, in consumption…  we need things consumed, burned up, replaced, and discarded at an ever-accelerating rate.”

what’s the point of an ad except to make us unhappy with what we have?

you owe it to yourself and your future self and our planet to watch this video and take action.

as a result of watching this video, my action is this.

i’m not buying any clothes the rest of 2008.

i thought it would go along fantastically with the spirit of lent.  this is not what you’d call “fully baked,” to steal a phrase from sarah’s dad.  a few weeks ago i told sarah to stop me any time i wanted to buy a t-shirt.  i have enough.  i have more than enough.  i have t-shirts from high school that mostly still fit.  why would i buy more?  especially when i see children on TV all the time who aren’t even wearing a shirt.

but that’s the extent of the thought i’ve put into this.  i might fail horribly.  we’ll have to wait until jan. ’09 to find out.  and i’m assuming i’ll need to buy some things like socks and/or underwear.  but we’ll cross that bridge when i get to it.  maybe i’ll learn to make my own socks…

thanks, david for the link.

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One Response to “who paid for that?”

  1. 1 Eli

    I don’t see how you don’t have an underwear delivery service with how fast you burn through them.


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