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‘Tis the Season To Wage Boycotts!

How many of us have the courage to resist the pressures wealthy executives cruelly aim at our minds like weapons of psychological warfare? Do we dare appear cold, insensitive and selfish by not indulging in fundamentalist consumerism?

Do we dare stand up for our (forgotten?) principles and refuse to overindulge in our patriotic duty as consumption engines? Is it acceptable these days to make gifts with our own hands, simple things that have a different meaning other than one of how much hard-earned money was spent? Is it OK to purchase practical (or just fun), inexpensive items for a few loved ones or are we expected to show how good of a person we are by spending more money than we make? Does that indicate how much we care?

via ‘Tis the Season To Wage Boycotts!

13 comments on “‘Tis the Season To Wage Boycotts!

  1. Thanks for the reblog. Cheers!

  2. It’s one of my favorites and I generally repost it around this time of year each year. Glad you enjoyed it, too. 🙂

  3. For years now, I’ve stopped exchanging gifts with relatives and friends.

  4. I’m impressed. 😎 It’s extremely difficult to do, particularly with obedient people who are kind and have an above average access to resources. I give simple gifts (often items hand-made by Indigenous women) to my daughters in January and wish them either a happy new year or a happy MLK Day. 😎

    I get rolling eyes every year when I visit the National Museum of the American Indian on Thanksgiving, but it’s better than the angry reprimand I used to get. It takes time and patience to teach people how to break out of the conditioned habit of automatically obeying the dominant culture.

  5. There were large Black Friday protests across Europe yesterday against commercialism, climate change inaction, and the resurgence of fascism in Germany and Italy. Young people are getting actively involved.

  6. I pray the number of people getting involved increases dramatically and spreads rapidly across the entire planet. Then those running the show will no longer be able to ignore reality.

  7. Has anyone calculated the effect on climate change of our obsessive unnecessary consumption?

  8. I don’t know about the calculations, but the effect is a preventable increase in erratic conditions and a rush toward inevitable destruction.

  9. You know – and it would be so easy to reduce consumption – so much is pointless.

  10. I know. It IS so easy, yet most people are either afraid to change their comfortable, and often detrimental, habits or just don’t care. It’s sad.

  11. You make a great point here (again!:-)). I just rejected a consumerist gift and instead proposed to use the money for somebody in real need. This was first not well received, and it seemed to me that the purpose of the gift was to bring me into a position of dependence and obligation rather than just to show unconditional love. However, could calm down and accept the good intentions a bit later after lots of explanation and suggesting and practicing the gift of spending time together.
    Thanks for sharing and all the best!

  12. Thank you. I hope you are doing well.

    It’ll take time for more people to realize the folly of equating care with economics instead of with spending quality time with loved ones. Human evolution is a slow process.

    Thanks for commenting.

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