Addiction of Consumerism

The majority of the world, particularly the Western developed world, is short of money. We have spent more than we have earned and spent our money on pleasures and necessities. In the United Kingdom the pay-day loan lenders are being slightly restricted, but the few who make the loans are still going to be living of the many who borrow the money. The borrowers need food, shelter and warmth, but they in some cases have spent their money on pleasures, and whatever the short hit that they got from the pleasure was, they now have to suffer the pain of having to spend their work to pay huge interest on very small loans.

Governments have also run out of money. They continue to pledge the credit of their taxpayers. The taxpayers, who already part with significant amounts of their labour in tax, face the choice of having to work more to pay their tax, or enjoy life less.

There is an addiction in spending, which is as overwhelming as the addiction in any opiate or nicotine or alcohol. People feel entitled to spend what they have not got and governments encourage this, but their own behaviour and their ability to deal in the drugs of consumption.

Spending is consumption and consumption undertaken by consumers is harmful when people consume beyond their needs and consume to fulfill their addiction’s message. There are worthy enterprises of consumption which are tarred with the addiction of consumption.

While a father in England may borrow a few hundred pounds to feed his family from a usurer, at the same moment the Government f the United States cannot get its budget passed because some feel that spending on healthcare for the poor is evil, not because the poor are unworthy, but because those who are not poor have already spend too much.

Balancing budgets always involves difficult decisions because you cannot spend the same dollar more than once. Worse, you cannot always get reasonable value when you spend that dollar. So, if you are government, you spend on defence, aggression, security, peace keeping, education, welfare, administration, the luxuries of politicians, grandiose projects which benefit the few but are paid by the work of the many , and on other things. You begin by deciding to divide you budget between the things you desire; you end by desiring more than you can afford and fall into the clutches of usurers.
This process happens if you are a working person trying to earn your living, a business or a government.

You develop tricks and deceptions in your work and in your spending and in your borrowing. The tricks and deceptions will enable you to continue as you have done for a while, and kiss the god of consumerism. but eventually the kissing has to stop and you look around and what has been achieved by this addiction to consumerism.

You see people blighted into poverty, like indentured servants of old, living in an environment that has been damaged by this worship of consumerism, with no brave voice to lead the people into ways that they can free themselves from their addiction, You sigh, but you are old. There will always be hope with the young, but they learn from what we do, and not from what we say.

“I thought it would have to stop

It was never always quite like this

I never counted the cost”

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