Will we ever change? Is runaway consumerism an inevitable stage of evolution or just a temporary historical glitch?
“Consumerism is the belief that personal wellbeing and happiness depends to a very large extent on the level of personal consumption, particularly on the purchase of material goods. The idea is not simply that wellbeing depends upon a standard of living above some threshold, but that at the center of happiness is consumption and material possessions. A consumerist society is one in which people devote a great deal of time, energy, resources and thought to “consuming”. The general view of life in a consumerist society is consumption is good, and more consumption is even better. It sounds arrogant to say to someone: you are too preoccupied with consumption; you spend too much time shopping; you would be happier if you were less focused on acquiring material possessions.
A tribute to discomfort tells the inspiring story of Cory Richards, homeless at the age of 14 and now an incredible National Geographic photographer. Photographer Coery Richards landed his self-portrait, taken after he realized he wasn't dead, on the cover of said magazine. His short gets inside his head as he explains what keeps him going in this wild world.
“At a young age, boys learn that to express compassion or empathy is to show weakness. They hear confusing messages that force them to repress their emotions, establish hierarchies, and constantly prove their masculinity. They often feel compelled to abide by a rigid code of conduct that affects their relationships, narrows their definition of success and, in some cases, leads to acts of violence resulting in what many researchers call a “boy crisis.” (goodmenproject.com)
When asked, ‘‘How do you feel?’’ many men respond, ‘‘About what?’’