Tag Archives forConsumerism

Seeing Through the Seductions of Science and Technology

Seeing Through the Seductions of Science and Technology

(a 4 to 5 minute read)

The history books in our schools tell us that scientific and technological advancement have freed us from boredom, ignorance and oppression; from drudgery and repetition; from dirt, disease and malnutrition.

Let’s briefly examine these assumptions about what “progress” has achieved, and consider where we go from here.

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Transitioning from Toxic to Natural

Transitioning from Toxic to Natural

(4 - 5 minute read)

Switching from synthetic personal care products to simple, natural alternatives means giving up superficial attributes like foam, fragrance, and texture, which are achieved using toxic ingredients. This article explores how we got so dependent on these products and shares 3 ideas we can rely on in our efforts to get back to natural.

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When “Do Something” Fails, There is Another Way

When "Do Something" Fails, There Is Another Way

About a 3 minute read

The logical mind wants to muscle its way to the results we want; when muscle is inadequate to the task, we think we’ve failed and we’re out of options.

The heart, on the other hand, is not afraid to invoke the results we want by the quality of our attention and the power of our desire to give what we don’t physically have to give.  

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Out-Growing Consumerism 5: What We Must Do

Out-Growing Consumerism 5:
What We Must Do

 5 minute read | Part 5 of a 5-part Series| Also published at PermacultureNews.Org

Self-determination is the ability to re-parent ourselves: to learn new ways of being that may be very different from the ways we learned as children. 

This is difficult, uncomfortable work, but it broadens the path for the feet that follow, making it easier for all of us to out-grow not only consumerism but also all the forms of separation and alienation from each other and from nature that have befallen us.

This article follows on from “Out-Growing Consumerism: School, Screens, and Our Kids.”

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Out-Growing Consumerism 4: School, Screens, and Our Kids

​Out-Growing Consumerism 4:
School, Screens, and Our Kids

​4 minute read | Part 4 of a 5-part Series | Also published at PermacultureNews.org

​What too many ​children learn at school is not to take risks and not trust ​their own thinking. When digital data-harvesting ​enters the mix, ​it becomes the perfect recipe for producing compliant consumers.

This article continues on from “Out-Growing Consumerism 3: Living a Self-Determined Life.”

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Out-Growing Consumerism 3: A Self-determined Life

Out-Growing Consumerism 3:
A Self-Determined Life

4 - 5 minute read | Part 3 of a Series | Also published at PermacultureNews.org

The consumer culture has an easy path which leads us to behave like dependent juveniles for our entire lives.

The alternate path—more difficult but very worthwhile—leads to increasing self-determination and self-reliance, which is very bad for the growth economy.

That’s why no profit-focused corporation will ever fund government policies to encourage the public to behave like this.

This article continues on from “Out-Growing Consumerism 2: An Act of Subversion.”

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Out-Growing Consumerism 1: What Should Never Have Been For Sale

Out-Growing ​Consumerism 1:
What Should Never Have Been for Sale

​4 minute read | Part 1 ​of a Series​ | Also published at PermacultureNews.Org

​There’s a subtle mantra playing in the background that we’re so accustomed to, we no longer notice it:

​“Consume something. You’ll feel better.” 

Having monetized everything else, in order to keep growing the consumer economy now needs to monetize the space inside your head.

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Two Different Kinds of Healthcare – Part 2

Two Different Kinds of Healthcare - Part 2

Part 2 of 2; Part 1 is here Approximately a 6 minute read | Originally published 5th February, 2019, on PermacultureNews.org

health relies on a foundation of family and community, natural remedies, real food, and healthy living habits

How did we become dependent on the doctor visit and the prescription? What happened to the ways we cared for our families before modern pharmaceutical medicine?

When the globalized economy replaces local ways of living, people exchange broad skills and community-reliance for specialized career paths.

Instead of sharing time and resources with family and neighbors to meet everybody's needs, people start to work jobs to pay for basics — and also for new commodities that are assumed essential to living a modern life.

Paying for your needs with money means you need not rely on friends and neighbors, so families and communities are no longer so tightly bound together. Instead of relying on themselves and each other, families now rely on corporate providers and outside experts.  

Local knowledge fades away and the understanding of natural remedies grows dim, all but replaced by the profitable kind of medicine that only experts know.

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Re-examining Freedom

Re-examining Freedom 

(Approximately a 4 minute read)

Up until around the time we became parents, Alain and I never questioned our assumptions about freedom.

The story of our time says this is normal:

  • to be chained to debt and to schedules, 
  • to have little or no control over where our food originates, 
  • to be walled off from nature, 
  • and to be more connected to each other via screens than in person.  

This post describes how we began to question that story, and to re-examine what freedom means to us. 

(This is Part 3 in a Series about our family's journey towards real and green.)

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