June 7, 2019

The High Price Of Materialism




Regular readers of this blog will agree that basing a life on materialistic values is a losing proposition. The video I am highlighting in this post will be a reminder of sorts for them.

If you are new to the NBA blog and the concept of simple living, or find the whole rat race thing to be tiring and futile, then this video may help nudge you toward adopting a way of living that is healthier for you, your family, your neighbours, and the environment.

The end (of materialistic lifestyles) is near. The time to get started on the alternative, a more resilient and enjoyable simple life, is now. It is a movement that has been thousands of years in the making.


Background:


"Psychologist Tim Kasser discusses how America's culture of consumerism undermines our well-being.  
When people buy into the ever-present marketing messages that "the good life" is "the goods life," they not only use up Earth's limited resources, but they are less happy and less inclined toward helping others. 
This animation both lays out the problems of excess materialism and points toward solutions that promise a healthier, more just, and more sustainable life." 
Research cited: click here.


Enjoy, and if it moves you, please share your reaction to the video in the comments section below.




5 comments:

  1. Anonymous6/07/2019

    Great video. So much to think about. And even though I am not a shopper and don't watch much media (or participate in much social media), there is still lots to learn and change in my life. Thanks again for the reminder that it is all worth it. - Mary

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  2. Anonymous6/10/2019

    Great video. Thanks for sharing.
    Linda

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  3. There is so much in this video, it's hard to pick a highlight. So many important points. My brain gets tired of being bombarded. One thing I didn't know is that actors are being paid to drop sales pitches in bars and public parks. Wow, that's clever.

    I just finished listening to the audio book, 1984 by George Orwell. I'm still speechless. We are surely living in Orwellian times. The audio book is available online for free as are many classics and older books.

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    1. Orwell wrote that book as a warning. Unfortunately, some nefarious people have chosen to use it as a "how to" manual in order to keep the masses from stopping the cheating of a small class of society.

      All advertising should be made illegal, except for factual descriptions of products. For example, "Our car will get you from point A to point B", rather than, "our car will make your neighbours feel jealous, and make you feel like a sexy, successful person".

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