Sunday, 20 July 2014

"The high price of materialism" - a video by Tim Kasser

I was cruising some blogs that I read and came across this video on No Impact Man - Colin Bevan's blog and just had to share it with you in case you hadn't seen it yet.

Its called "The High Price of Materialism" and expresses things that I had thought but hadn't been able to put into words (or pictures!). I think people who read green-y, eco friendly, homesteading, values based lifestyle type blogs and websites probably consciously or maybe even unconsciously, would agree with a lot of what Tim Kasser says; and draws!

Its a very succinct and basic answer to the question - How do I live my life, if my life isn't about buying things and getting the next payrise...?

Building and living a life that expresses and promotes intrinsic values is the answer. How each of us do that is an individual response. Some will have no TV's, others limit the time the spend with it on. Some garden and produce their own food, other buy local organic veges. Some of us will be vegetarian, some locavores, and others totally organic. Some of us volunteer, some of us blog, some of us build strong family ties, some build community when they walk the dog. I think a lot of  us do a lot of these things because it feels good, but for me, it was interesting to see it in words and see the greater logic and impact of what I have been bumbling around doing in my own little world!

Have a look at the video and let me know what you think!



Marigold Jam said...

Just recently I have been drawn to a lot of programmes, books, blogs and so on which lead me to wonder what I can do about this sort of topic. Consummerism and capitalism seem to be leading the world on a destrictive course and I fear for future generations. I keep asking myself what I can do and whether what I do can ever make any difference but maybe if enough of us try we might be able to make a small shift otherwise perhaps we'll have the necessary shift forced upon us as it will be impossible to continue down the road we seem to be headed at the moment. It's an interesting topic and I guess if we all make what small differences to our lives as we can it might just add up to a groundswell that will actually achieve a better world. Thanks for bringing this video to my attention.

Practical Frog said...

I agree with you. I see so many people who don't recycle, throw out things that could be fixed and are more interested in making money (and the inferred status that goes with it) than living a life that they enjoy! Have you seen/read a book called "Affluenza"? Its really good - see if you can find it. Also No Impact Man, the book, also really good - I believe there is a movie/documentary but I haven't seen it. I just keep doing my own thing and hopefully I might influence a person here and there... and the world might get better... K x

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