consumerism, degrowth, financial independence, happiness, stoicism

Consumerism

It is quite funny, or tragic, the way many people in the developed world choose to live their lives (me included).

We work, making a lot of money for the owners of both big and small companies, and also, some money for ourselves.

We exchange labour for capital.

We work a lot for some money, making other people rich in the process. We are essentially slaves, as we need to work to sustain ourselves. We can also free ourselves from slavery, but to do that, like in ancient Rome, we need to buy our freedom. To do that, we need to reevaluate our relationship with money.

Because, somehow, we are all convinced, that after a month of hard work we have to go out and spend ALL the money we earned, and a bit more. The philosophy of life of the whole western society, and probably others that I do not know, is based in consuming constantly, buy-use-throw.

We are actually convinced, that if we buy that new shiny smartphone or computer, that big house, that nice car. We actually BELIEVE that we are going to be happier than before. The paradox lies on that when we have bought something, and we realise that it does no make us as happy as we thought it would. But then, we forget all about it and focus on the NEXT thing, THIS time it will FOR SURE make me happy ever after.

It is something deeply wire in our primitive brain, but we need to realise that things will never make us happy, it is only simplicity, the way we choose to interact with people and how we decide to use our time that can make us happy. We need to reduce our material wealth and increase our spiritual and social wealth. This is the only way to be satisfied and to save our planet from a sure destruction

 

I am not saying consuming is bad in itself, what I am trying to say is that we reached a point that we consume without purpose.

And there other ways to live.

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consumerism, degrowth

Why degrowth?

It is quite simple, planet earth has LIMITED resources. The human species is growing exponentially, human consumption is also growing exponentially.

It DOES NOT MATTER, if we become more efficient, we use solar or wind energy (so called green), NOTHING matters. If we keep growing we will exhaust the earth resources.

Anyone that has a normally developed cognitive ability will understand it if he or she can for a second liberate from the shackles of the daily brainwash that tells that growth is the only way forward.

Let’s show it in a graph:

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Now we are in the path of the blue line, we will run out of resources soon.

Many advocate for the red line, that is not enough.

The green line shows the rate at which the resources would replenish in theory.

But we are destroying the planet, so its capability of replenishing diminishes.

The lines are for indication, but I think they show clearly why “sustainable growth” is science fiction as it is mathematically impossible. We should all wake up and realise that even though we feel nice by recycling or by consuming renewable energy.

Do some research and find how mines for solar panel materials look like. Be horrified.

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