The Consumer Society.


“In a consumer society there are inevitably two kinds of slaves: the prisoners of addiction and the prisoners of envy.”
~ Ivan Illich

What a fantastic observation!

10 thoughts on “The Consumer Society.”

    1. Wonderful! I really had no choice in the matter. During most of my adult working life, I lived through our experiment with socialism when things like the refrigerator was considered a luxury and we never had enough money to spare for such foolishness anyway!

  1. Very true. Fortunately I’m not prone to either, so by and large I consume only what I need. If there’s anything redundant or purely decorative in the house, it was probably a gift from someone else!
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  2. I rarely feel envy. When I do I figure I need to figure out what I need to do instead.

    I buy a lot of art supplies. I love Lynda Barry’s quote about creativity: “Waste time and materials.” Yep, much more fun than being envious of someone else.
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