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A Conversation About Resisting Consumerism

On May 5, I preached a message about consumerism.  For many of us, if not most of us, consumerism is a religion and an addiction.  See the message here, Awakening from the American Nightmare: Consumerism and Hungry Ghosts.mp3

I invited members of the congregation to share their success stories about resisting the consumerist ethic to define life as getting things and then throwing them away.

One member had a very hard lesson.  Her house burned down completely in a fire.  She now knows for certain that possessions are not a requirement for happiness.

Here is another member:
"I identify with the "aversion" aspect of suffering with consumerism.  That would be the fear of losing things.  Fear prevents risk taking, and will hold a person back from doing something even though the reward out weighs the risk. My tip would be to ask a trusted friend or partner to listen to what you are afraid of losing.  They may or may not give you advice, but talking about it may help you confront the fear so you can make a good decision."

I like this contribution as well:
"I found it rejuvenating to move from 3 bedrooms + family room + 2 car garage into 2 bedrooms with neither (parking spaces but no storage), keeping only a fraction of what I'd had before. It was still too much, and I'm looking forward to donating more "stuff" to the rummage sale. I don't shop other than for food and necessities (I much prefer thrift shop finds to anything at the malls), I don't watch commercial tv (cancelled Cox), I immediately recycle the ads in the Sunday paper, and eat natural foods. My greatest joy is in singing and community, and so I sing in various groups and both are fulfilled at very little cost."

Thank you, folks.
Let’s keep the conversation going.


2 comments (Add your own)

1. Nancy Handler wrote:
HI Arvid,
I still remember your saying that some worship attendees had a mindset of being entertained,(Consumerism) It seems to me that our services are more and more based on this presumed attitude. I wonder if this is happening throughout our denomination.

Thu, May 9, 2013 @ 4:35 PM

2. RJ Palmer wrote:
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Thu, May 9, 2013 @ 6:53 PM

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