Consumer Culture Quotes

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Anthon St. Maarten
“We have created a manic world nauseous with the pursuit of material wealth. Many also bear their cross of imagined deprivation, while their fellow human beings remain paralyzed by real poverty. We drown in the thick sweetness of our sensual excess, and our shameless opulence, while our discontent souls suffocate in the arid wasteland of spiritual deprivation.”
Anthon St. Maarten

Neil Postman
“I believe I am not mistaken in saying that Christianity is a demanding and serious religion. When it is delivered as easy and amusing, it is another kind of religion altogether.”
Neil Postman, Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business

David McRaney
“Wait long enough, and what was once mainstream will fall into obscurity. When that happens, it will become valuable again to those looking for authenticity or irony or cleverness. The value, then, is not intrinsic. The thing itself doesn’t have as much value as the perception of how it was obtained or why it is possessed. Once enough people join in, like with oversized glasses frames or slap bracelets, the status gained from owning the item or being a fan of the band is lost, and the search begins again.
You would compete like this no matter how society was constructed. Competition for status is built into the human experience at the biological level. Poor people compete with resources. The middle class competes with selection. The wealthy compete with possessions.
You sold out long ago in one way or another. The specifics of who you sell to and how much you make—those are only details.”
David McRaney, You Are Not So Smart: Why You Have Too Many Friends on Facebook, Why Your Memory Is Mostly Fiction, and 46 Other Ways You're Deluding Yourself

Matthew Fox
“We are not consumers. For most of humanity’s existence, we were makers, not consumers: we made our clothes, shelter, and education, we hunted and gathered our food.

We are not addicts. “I propose that most addictions come from our surrendering our real powers, that is, our powers of creativity.” We are not passive couch potatoes either. “It is not the essence of humans to be passive. We are players. We are actors on many stages…. We are curious, we are yearning to wonder, we are longing to be amazed… to be excited, to be enthusiastic, to be expressive. In short to be alive.” We are also not cogs in a machine. To be so would be to give up our personal freedoms so as to not upset The Machine, whatever that machine is. Creativity keeps us creating the life we wish to live and advancing humanity’s purpose as well.”
Matthew Fox, Creativity

Douglas Coupland
“I wouldn't mind if the consumer culture went poof! overnight because then we'd all be in the same boat and life wouldn't be so bad, mucking about with the chickens and feudalism and the like. But you know what would be absolutely horrible. The worst? ... If, as we were all down on earth wearing rags and husbanding pigs inside abandoned Baskin-Robbins franchises, I were to look up in the sky and see a jet -- with just one person inside even -- I'd go berserk. I'd go crazy. Either everyone slides back into the Dark Ages or no one does.”
Douglas Coupland, Shampoo Planet

Lionel Shriver
“Just because there are lots of them doesn't mean that it isn't a privilege to live in a time when you can buy them for 99¢. (about Mcdonalds' apple pies)
Lionel Shriver, We Need to Talk About Kevin

Jacques Ellul
“The eighteenth and nineteenth centuries abandoned the idea of spiritual or intellectual happiness in order to have this material happiness, consisting of a certain number of essential consumer goods. And hence, in the nineteenth century, happiness was linked to a well-being obtained by mechanical means, industrial means, production. The new thing that Saint-Just spoke about was that, in the past, happiness could appear as a very vague, very distant prospect for humanity, whereas now, people seemed to be within reach of the concrete, material possibility of attaining it. That was why happiness was to become an absolutely essential image for the nineteenth-century bourgeoisie, and for modern society. Happiness was attainable thanks to industrial development, and this image of happiness brought us fully into the consumer society.”
Jacques Ellul, Perspectives on Our Age

Emma Goldman
“The more hideous the mental contortions, the greater the delight and bravos of the mass.”
Emma Goldman, Anarchism and Other Essays

Bryant McGill
“In consumer life we become what we consume-disposable junk to be used and thrown away.”
Bryant McGill, Voice of Reason

“...the higher the expectations about unselected alternatives, the lower the level of satisfaction with the chosen good.”
Michael R. Solomon, Consumer Behaviour: A European Perspective

Bryant McGill
“The national identity is a consumer identity.”
Bryant McGill, Voice of Reason

Abhijit Naskar
“Consumption is a universal phenomenon. All humans consume varieties of products, many of which beyond actual necessity, because it activates the brain's reward center. And the more a certain product activates the reward center with its unique characteristics or its predominant social stature, the more that product gets chiseled into the long-term memory of the consumer, making it a fundamental part of the individual's psychological well being. Thus the human mind grows a deep psychological bond with a product. And this bond can grow so strong in time that it would defend itself from all sorts of criticisms. It is the brain's way to maintain its internal purely individualistic well being. Hence, a strong psychological bond between the mind and a product slowly not only becomes invincible to criticisms, but also, develops its own cognitive immune system against such criticisms.”
Abhijit Naskar

Ludwig Feuerbach
“[T]he present age, which prefers the sign to the thing signified, the copy to the original[.]”
Ludwig Feuerbach, The Essence of Christianity

“To possess possessions, a man will "sell himself" to have what another has, but it never dawns on him ~ that the more he gets, the less he keeps of himself.”
Rius, Marx for Beginners

Rasheed Ogunlaru
“Don't get too lost in consumerism or materialism. As for ownership, the ultimate test of it is were you born with it and can you take it with you when you leave?”
Rasheed Ogunlaru

William Gibson
“The heart is a muscle. You 'know' in your limbic system. The seat of instinct. The mammalian brain. Deeper, wider, beyond logic. That is where advertising works, not in the upstart cortex. What we think of as 'mind' is only a sort of jumped-up gland, piggybacking on the reptilian brainstem and the older, mammalian mind, but our culture tricks us into recognizing it as all of consciousness. The mammalian spreads continent-wide beneath it, mute and muscular, attending its ancient agenda. And makes it buy things.”
William Gibson

Walter Brueggemann
“The alternative to the free market consumer culture is a set of covenants that supports neighborly disciplines, rather than market disciplines, as a producer of culture. These non-market disciplines have to do with the common good and abundance as opposed to self-interest and scarcity. This neighborly culture is held together by its depth of relatedness, its capacity to hold mystery, its willingness to stretch time and endure silence.”
Walter Brueggemann, An Other Kingdom: Departing the Consumer Culture

Michele Jennae
“If beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, value is in the mind of the consumer.”
Michele Jennae

Lorenzo Frick
“Und ist es nicht ein wenig heuchlerisch jemanden „Ruhe in Frieden“ zu wünschen und dann die Bestattung in Überfluss und Opulenz zu veranstalten?”
Lorenzo Frick, Die vollkommene Gesellschaft: Fragen und Antworten einer kritischen Auseinandersetzung

Ljupka Cvetanova
“Caesar of the 21st century : I came! I saw! I bought!”
Ljupka Cvetanova, The New Land

Thomas L. Friedman
“Companies that were paying attention understood they were witnessing the birth of the “self-directed consumer”, because the internet and all the other tools for the flat world had created a means for every consumer to customize exactly the price, experience, and service he or she wanted.”
Thomas L. Friedman

Abhijit Naskar
“The more a certain product activates the reward center with its unique characteristics or its predominant social stature, the more that product gets chiseled into the long-term memory of the consumer, making it a fundamental part of the individual's psychological well being.”
Abhijit Naskar

“First you make people believe they have a problem, and then you sell them the solution. That's how advertising works. Every snake oil salesman knows that.”
Oliver Markus Malloy, Bad Choices Make Good Stories - Finding Happiness in Los Angeles

“Science debased to the end of spreading death and of enslaving humanity, or to the end of procuring newer and newer sensations, a life spent in the whirlpool of fleeting pleasures, varied, subtle, and new, and in the worship of the almighty dollar is what most of us tend to call progress. We live more for the body than for the soul. Our body is our soul; our body is our highest Brahman.”
Surendranath Dasgupta, Hindu Mysticism

Neil Gaiman
“We live in a world in which the only utopian visions arrive in commercial breaks: magical visions of an impossibly hospitable world, peopled by bright-eyed attractive men, women, children...Where nobody dies...Where all it takes is cheap, easily available product -- a packet of salted peanuts or a new type of carpet cleaner -- to bring immediate, undiluted joy.”
Neil Gaiman, Signal to Noise

Jonathan Hayashi
“Even in way we function as a church in the way we approach success, it is often driven by notion of pagan agendas. The bride of Christ has been affected for the stands that she takes and we have taken the consumeristic culture influencing the mind of the redeem.”
Jonathan Hayashi

Abhijit Naskar
“Consumption is not bad, but when done at excessive proportions it turns out to be not just bad, but downright deadly for the self as well as the society, as the society itself is a collective functional expression of many selves.”
Abhijit Naskar, Conscience over Nonsense

“A consumerism credo is a poor substitute for liberty, human dignity, and personal integrity; pursing a hedonistic and materialistic lifestyle proved spiritually enslaving. Rather than pointing its aim at raising the moral consciousness of individual persons and our community, consumerism gives its blessing to basking in wanton self-indulgence”
Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls

Jonathan Hayashi
“Most people want Jesus as a consultant rather than a king. Many want to consume the kingdom of God without first carrying the cross of Christ.”
Jonathan Hayashi, Ordinary Radicals: A Return to Christ-Centered Discipleship

Stewart Stafford
“They promise us once-in-a-lifetime bargains in the orgies of consumerism that are Black Friday and Cyber Monday. More likely, we end up with precious little, vacant souls and an ever-decreasing appreciation of humanity.”
Stewart Stafford

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