A few days ago in the Age Newspaper (Sydney) an article appeared about a man who bought a $12 fan. On going to the checkout the fan was then discounted to $8, which of course would send most people into a elated state of happiness as they have just found themselves an absolute bargain!
What we fail to think about however is “where did the fan come from? What resources were used to make it, and of course were those resources properly priced in the sense of resource depletion and environmental impact?”
A reader commented below that anyone actually interested in finding this out should check out the website, “The Story of Stuff“.
While I sat for 20 minutes this morning watching this video, simultaneously getting ready for work, I felt a whole heap of futility for my life and my work. In fact I feel exactly what the video talks about in the sense that I go to work just to buy things, which makes me part of the manipulative yet ridiculous capitalist economic cycle.
So why are most of us caught up in this facade? Are we silly enough to believe that we need everything that we see in advertisements? I am definitely questioning my own participation in all of this…
Anyway, for those of you who do give a damn about why you are working so hard, and what we are doing here on earth, watch the video and tell me how you feel in comments box below. I would love to hear from you!