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If you think about it, there is more than enough USED CRAP on the planet right now to sustain everyone. We could do away with "production" entirely for an undetermined amount of time..
Let’s face the facts. We are weak. We have psychological problems. We are humans. And we all know that. There are however people who use this knowledge and people who pretend it does not exist.
Most of the people don’t want to look in this direction, pretending it does not exist. They feel vulnerable admitting their weaknesses and flaws. This results in overprotection of the sensitive areas.
The small but much, much richer part of the people are using it. Advertisement, marketing, incentives, insurances, fashion, cinema, these are only a few of the fields where the knowledge of the people weaknesses and the abilities to manipulate them is the key to success. They need to make people spend more and more, year after year. The easiest way to do this is by pushing the weak spots of people and then offer protection from further pushing. All of us will buy it regardless of the cost.
The economy grows because people spend more. When people spend more there is more profit to be made from the corporations. But we are consuming way, WAY more than we need and all of this over consumption is what drags us deeper into the whole of environmental disasters.
The goods we over consume are the biggest source of pollution we can imagine. These goods suck energy, fossil fuels, materials and labor to be produced. And when we don’t need them anymore, (which is not a while after we bought them, because we actually never needed them in the first pace) they start sucking the same resources again to get rid of them. In this journey we create all of our troubles with pollution.
I’ll offer you a link to a short movie created on a broader version of this subject. http://www.storyofstuff.org/movies-all/story-of-stuff/
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle are the the 3 R. But Reduce will have the greatest impact and Reuse and Recycle are damage controls for what we have missed with the first one.
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