Friday, 11 April 2008
Seeking more of what we don't really want
Fab day yesterday. Here we are after eating pancakes at a Cracker Barrel restaurant. Then on to Aquatica, a new water park in Orlando. I love those Bubba Tub rides where you go down water slides in a raft. After that, we went to Walmart, our fave place to shop in the US. Later that day, Katie and I went for a manicure/pedicure combo then home to watch trashy TV and play card games. (I found some cute Christian cards so instead of playing Old Maid, we played Find an Angel, but we changed the rules so ending up with the angel meant you lost.)
I could see how fun it would be to live in America if you had loads of money and could just indulge yourself shopping and spending money on having fun.
But then I read about a documentary called What A Way To Go: Life at the End of Empire, that "concludes that industrial civilization -- and its end product, consumerism -- has disconnected us from nature, the cycle of life, our communities, our families and, ultimately, ourselves. This unnatural, inorganic, materialistic way of living, coupled with a marked sharp decline in society's moral and ethical standards -- what the French call anomie -- has created a kind of pathology that produces pain and emptiness, for which addictive behavior becomes the primary symptom and consumption the preferred drug of choice."
"What most of us experience when it comes to addiction," says producer Sally Erickson, "is a pattern of continually seeking more of what it is we don't really want and, therefore, never being fully satisfied. And as long as we are never satisfied, we continue to seek more, while our real needs are never being met."