Recently we received a tip from a fan of ICTMN's Facebook page about a new documentary called Crossroads: Labor Pains of a New Worldview. (You can watch the video here www.crossroadsfilm.com).
As the film proceeded to address many of the environmental, political and monetary pitfalls of the 21st century, one section—featuring environmentalist and activist Annie Leonard, from her own film The Story of Stuff—had particular resonance for us. The quote encapsulates a philosophy that many Native thinkers have pointed to as a major flaw in western society.
To Annie Leonard, it identifies a programmatic, post-World War II shift in the economy by titans of industry that help create today's rampant consumer culture. It is by economist Victor Lebov and we think it bears repeating here:
"Our enormously productive economy… demands that we make consumption our way of life, that we convert the buying and use of goods into rituals, that we seek our spiritual satisfaction, our ego satisfaction in consumption… we need things consumed, burned up, replaced, and discarded at an ever-accelerating rate"
Watch this clip on consumption from Annie Leonard's The Story Stuff: