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/ Consumerism, Materialism /

"Can we claim 'compassion fatigue'
when we show no sign of consumption fatigue?"

Sebastião Salgado

A quick clarification:

This page is about consumerism in the sense of "the theory that a progressively greater consumption of goods is economically beneficial", "attachment to materialistic values or possessions", and materialism as "the theory or doctrine that physical well-being and worldly possessions constitute the greatest good and highest value in life",

rather than

"the movement that seeks to protect and inform consumers by requiring such practices as honest packaging and advertising, product guarantees, and improved safety standards" * and "the theory that physical matter is the only reality and that everything, including thought, feeling, mind, and will, can be explained in terms of physical phenomena" ( philosophical materialism ). (definitions from American Heritage Dictionary, 3rd ed. )

* -- for which see the page on this site
/ Consumer Advocacy /

You can't have everything.

Where would you put it?

Steven Wright
quoted here