Aldous Huxley, writer and psychonaut, wrote a lot about drugs. He also wrote one of my favourite utopian novels, Island, in which characters were constantly reminded by brightly coloured birds to focus on the present, to be "here and now".
Slightly altering one of Huxley's quotes about pharmaceuticals, it can be seen that consumerism is a drug. It is the ultimate shopiate of the masses.
“There will be, in the next generation or so, a
pharmacological methodconsumer economic model of making people love their servitude, and producing dictatorship without tears, so to speak, producing a kind of painless concentration camp for entire societies, so that people will in fact have their liberties taken away from them, but will rather enjoy it, because they will be distracted from any desire to rebel by propaganda or brainwashing, or brainwashing enhanced by pharmacological methods. shopping.
And this seems to be the final revolution.”
- Aldous Huxley
There is that distraction thing again. That sounds a lot like the culture I have lived in for a large part of my life.
Shopping has been the high of choice for a few decades - we are dazed and consumed. It is a harmful drug that takes us away from the beauty and simplicity of the present moment.
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- Enjoy the present, here and now.