Monday, November 13, 2006

a non-consumer christmas

This article, A Far Cry From Christmas, by Satish Kumar, in Resurgence Magazine, has me wondering if I shouldn't make the radical step at last to call a halt to my own consumerist habits at Christmas.
"We need to move away from more and global to less and local; from accumulation
of unnecessary clutter to enjoyment of the good things in life like art, music,
friendship and free time. We need to shift from waste to frugality, from
consuming to making, from illusion to imagination, from desire to delight and
from consumption of natural resources to an appreciation of the natural world.
If we do that then Christmas will again be an occasion of great celebration
rather than an excuse for more consumption. And then again the secular and the
sacred, the material and the spiritual will be recognised as being two sides of
the same coin."

Doesn't that sound inspiring? I'm putting on my thinking hat. I'm calling a halt to consumerism in my own family. I'll let you know how that goes ;) !

6 Comments:

Blogger Blackswamp_Girl said...

I love that... I'm sending it to all of my friends. (Like you said, the family will never buy it!)

My grandma tried to shock me this fall by saying that she was thinking about stopping her practice of giving stockings out to all of her grandkids. I think that I surprised her with an enthusiastic: "That's a GREAT idea, grandma! Why wait until next year? Start with this Christmas!"

8:23 PM  
Blogger sushil yadav said...

The link between Mind and Social / Environmental-Issues.

The fast-paced, consumerist lifestyle of Industrial Society is causing exponential rise in psychological problems besides destroying the environment. All issues are interlinked. Our Minds cannot be peaceful when attention-spans are down to nanoseconds, microseconds and milliseconds. Our Minds cannot be peaceful if we destroy Nature.

Industrial Society Destroys Mind and Environment.

Subject : In a fast society slow emotions become extinct.
Subject : A thinking mind cannot feel.
Subject : Scientific/ Industrial/ Financial thinking destroys the planet.
Subject : Environment can never be saved as long as cities exist.


Emotion is what we experience during gaps in our thinking.

If there are no gaps there is no emotion.

Today people are thinking all the time and are mistaking thought (words/ language) for emotion.


When society switches-over from physical work (agriculture) to mental work (scientific/ industrial/ financial/ fast visuals/ fast words ) the speed of thinking keeps on accelerating and the gaps between thinking go on decreasing.

There comes a time when there are almost no gaps.

People become incapable of experiencing/ tolerating gaps.

Emotion ends.

Man becomes machine.



A society that speeds up mentally experiences every mental slowing-down as Depression / Anxiety.

A ( travelling )society that speeds up physically experiences every physical slowing-down as Depression / Anxiety.

A society that entertains itself daily experiences every non-entertaining moment as Depression / Anxiety.



FAST VISUALS /WORDS MAKE SLOW EMOTIONS EXTINCT.

SCIENTIFIC /INDUSTRIAL /FINANCIAL THINKING DESTROYS EMOTIONAL CIRCUITS.

A FAST (LARGE) SOCIETY CANNOT FEEL PAIN / REMORSE / EMPATHY.

A FAST (LARGE) SOCIETY WILL ALWAYS BE CRUEL TO ANIMALS/ TREES/ AIR/ WATER/ LAND AND TO ITSELF.


To read the complete article please follow either of these links :

PlanetSave

EarthNewsWire


sushil_yadav

3:16 AM  
Blogger Petunia's Gardener said...

We try to keep a balanced approach with family & friends. Sometime a gift if something calls out. Sometimes its doing something together. Hubby & I come up with surprises to go do something we might not otherwise do, or a box with funny little things in it. or a card good for a do anything you want or nothing at all day. It's in coming up with something you know the other will enjoy or feel treated by. I enjoy the holidays but I don't go close to malls or most stores.

1:03 AM  
Anonymous Hannele said...

I go to Second Hand :)

9:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That sounds like a really cool idea. Getting others to buy in is the trick. Everybody's afraid of getting labelled cheap, scrooge, grinch, etc. It's all in how you pitch it I guess.

Gosh, I can't even speak about this without phrases like "buy in" and "pitch it". This consumer world has me well trained!

11:28 PM  
Blogger Kati said...

god forbid we should mess with Christmas, eh? Well, I'm trying to make a wee start here. So far, everybody is interested, but nobody wants to stick their neck out.

10:25 AM  

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