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With the building of the road came a flurry of outside influence: material goods, centralized government, and tourism. By the time author and filmmaker Helena Norberg-Hodge first visited the region in 1975, Western pop culture and rampant consumerism were already making it difficult for Ladakhis to sustain the life that had nurtured them for so long.

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Rampant consumerism--a public and environmental health threat

This is a good time to take a step back and re-establish your priorities. You can still have a good holiday season when you remember your priorities. Indeed, your holiday season can be even better when you remember your priorities. Stop and think about what’s most important to you. Your friends and family, your health, and the environment, are more important than stuff. Remind yourself of that, and it will be easier to detach yourself from the rampant consumerism around you.

It is amazing to me the rampant consumerism that is taking over

Though it doesn’t promote the rampant consumerism of Christmas or feature the expensive costume parties of Halloween, St. Patrick’s Day nonetheless provides Canadian small business owners the opportunity to boost sales by tailoring their products for the annual celebration of Irish Heritage.

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We reject the rampant consumerism that invades children’s lives from the moment they are born.

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The 'Enough' Campaign was set up in April 1992. Based inManchester, it comprises fifteenish youngish activists, who havea variety of backgrounds (but none of whom currently has a reallyproper job). We have organised two National 'No-Shopping'Days (thereby winning TimeOut's 1993 "Scrooge's Last DesperateStand Against Christmas Award"), built one nine-foot manicpuppet, set up one mobile lounge in the streets of Manchester,written and distributed countless leaflets and even more beggingletters, placed a variety of subversive articles in esteemedpublications and held workshops at respectable meetings, lobbiedthe grown-up campaign groups, had two songs written for us,appeared one on national TV (they got sick ofus at the local radio station), confessed to 754acts of rampant consumerism (between us, noteach), used hundreds of commas, andinfluenced no Tory MPs at all. . . and all this inonly two years! But our real moment of gloryoccurred shortly before our first meeting, whena local DJ began our interview with the immortalline "But you look like normal people..." Towhich the only possible reply was, "Only becauseour hairshirts are in the wash".

Government is clearly missing the point on climate change. A secure sustainable lifestyle cannot be built around rampant consumerism.

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Whether consumerism is rampant or not cannot be decided by looking at economic factors alone. After all, the reason we need a roaring economy is so that we can keep up a high level of mass consumption. Mass consumption, in turn, usually makes for a roaring economy. So, to justify mass consumption on the basis of a roaring economy is circular reasoning and that is not very meaningful.

We have to look at all the effects of consumerism on humanity, the whole picture, before we can come to a conclusion.

In a consumerist society, the success, satisfaction, happiness and fulfillment of any person comes to depend entirely on his or her material possessions, beads, baubles, trinkets and toys. This causes an intense rat race which leads to a lot of social ills, as people desperately find ways to relieve their unnatural levels of stress. Many people take to crime in order to achieve material success. All wars throughout human history were fought over control of natural resources for the consumption of one country or another, even if some higher cause was portrayed in order to fool the gullible.

Any consumer item needs natural resources for manufacture ultimately and causes environmental pollution in its manufacture and transportation. It has an environmental impact when consumers discard the items. Thus mass consumerism is almost entirely responsible for environmental degradation and the great misery that future generations will face because of it.

Although consumerism seems heady and enjoyable, over several generations and on a very large scale, it leads only to misery.

We mass consumers are living in a fool's paradise, that will last only for a few more generations and will have an adverse impact on all aspects of life on this planet.

Consumerism is based on the fallacy that happiness is dependent entirely on material possessions and physical luxuries. It is this narrow, materialistic view that is the problem. The very fact that the author of the earlier posting considers only the economy and wages, entirely ignoring the effect of rampant consumerism on individuals, society and future generations, is itself a good example of materialistic thinking.

Happiness is a state of mind and it does not need material possessions, trinkets and baubles in order to be enjoyed. Humanity as a whole will benefit if more and more people realize this truth and train their minds to depend less on material possessions. This does not necessarily need religion and any person of average intelligence can train himself or herself to attain that level of self awareness, although religion can help.

When consumerism cools down all over the world a better way of life will emerge, in which most of the ills humanity faces today will not exist.

If intelligent, thinking people do not care to make this effort, then who else will?

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While chemicals can be toxic, they can also be extremely addictive and profitable, and our global society has become addicted to cheap, readily available fossil fuel and the 120,000 commercial chemicals derived from it. Chemical industries currently run the world with a handful of Big Oil, Agriculture, Pharma and Food companies controlling the majority of the world's energy, food, health and security. Control of the media has further fostered a culture of rampant consumerism and conspicuous consumption, with a focus on economic growth at the expense of the environment and quality of life.