Whether I enjoy it or not,
I’m a consumer of goods & services in this society of ours.
I’d rather engage with actual people in an actual market,
which is infinitely more satisfying. Unfortunately, the closest thing
to that is shopping.
Just freakin’ shopping.
What do I buy? Food, coffee, gas, clothing, sometimes art supplies or musical instruments. And services such as haircuts, waxing, massages, manicures/pedicures, therapy, spiritual guidance, veterinary care, and dental/medical care.
While I’m out there buying things and paying for services, I often notice a depth of impersonality and disconnection that I believe is lethal to the human spirit. In fact, I think this disconnection is fuelled by advertising and it’s a primary source of the major depression and anxiety epidemic we’ve got going in our world nowadays.
I’d happily wager that if everyone were able to engage more with the sources of their goods and services, the world would be a kinder, cleaner place with less in the way of spiritual, social and environmental degradation.
Alas . . . we have shopping and buying. And we are told on a daily basis that nothing will ever be peaceful or good enough unless we shop and buy more.
So if I have to shop and buy, if I have to be a consumer, then I’m going to darn well be honest about my human experience around that. I’m going to tell the absolute truth about how much or little every interaction blooms or withers my soul.