Advertising (brainwashing) & Economics
One of the most important parts of the capitalist economic system is
advertising. This is the way products are brought to our
attention. It used to be that items were advertised on their
merits, but now advertisers use hooks to make us feel that we need these
items to be part of the in crowd. Such hooks as Everyone is using
it, it's new and improved, testimonials by actors and actresses, an
artificial need, and on and on.
Actually my favourite is over one million sold. Now
that's one million out of over 7 billion people. Not to friggin'
many. Most of the products for sale today are so poorly designed
and manufactured that your very lucky if it lasts a month, assuming that
it works right out of the box. Now you might ask if this isn't
just a little wasteful of both natural resources and human manpower to
have to keep making the same junk over and
In an enlightened economic system we would demand very high quality
products that would last our lifetimes and we would demand a fixed
population limit so that when we had finished meeting the demand for one
product we could have the workers switch to making a new item. In such
a system we could all have many more toys because we could add to our
collection rather than having to replace poor quality goods.
I realize that this is very much an oversimplification but it describes a
system in which everyone is working for his own benefit and everyone else's
at the same time. One that is sustainable.
Our economic systems in most of the world are based on capitalism. Capitalism itself relies on both economic growth and population growth, as well as competition and greed for its success.
It creates an environment in which the work of all results in the wealth
of the few.
Just one more reason why we will fail to resolve the Climate Change
Solutions to climate change are in diametric opposition to these requirements.
To reduce the climate crisis (It's too late to stop it.) we need to work
together in harmony. Can we do it? Probably not. We
have been taught to compete. Such lessons cannot be easily
unlearned. Most of us don't even understand the problem.
Religion & Economics
The system promoted by the Christian religion, among others, is
pure communism. In fact some Christian religions even have a dictator at
the helm. If you have any doubts about the quality of such a system
you have only to look to China. The Chinese system of government
promotes people in the party based on their abilities, not on the basis of
their good looks or fast talk. In my country, Canada, many of the general population claim to be Christians but under our laws we are forced into an economic system that is derived from greed and is diametrically opposed to the teachings of Christ. Simply put our legal and economic system makes it
de facto illegal to practice Christianity.
Not to worry though 'cause nobody notices.
I am not promoting either communism or Christianity. I am just looking
at them for what they are.
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