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50-year-old CARTOON TRIED TO WARN US – YouTube.

To many in both business and government, the triumph of the self is the ultimate expression of democracy, where power is truly moved into the hands of the people. Certainly the people may feel they are in charge, but are they really?

The Century of the Self – 3:54 running time by Adam Curtis broken into 4 part is long, but worthwhile and  tells the untold and controversial story of the growth of the mass-consumer society. How is the all-consuming self created, by whom, and in whose interest?


Hosted by twice Oscar nominated actor and activist Woody Harrelson, Ethos lifts the lid on a Pandora’s box of systemic issues that guarantee failure in almost every aspect of our lives; from the environment to democracy and our own personal liberty: From terrifying conflicts of interests in politics to unregulated corporate power, to a media in the hands of massive conglomerates, and a military industrial complex that virtually owns our representatives.

@CSRwire Talkback ARTICLE By Sal Cirnigliaro:

There is no doubt corporations have brought many boons to our society, from cheap and readily available technologies to employment for the masses. The profit motivation of business has accelerated the industrial age into the new millennia at a staggering pace, and for some it isn’t easy to see the negative effects of a system that has given us medicines and comforts that certainly seem to improve our lives.

However, many consumers don’t know corporations have been structured, through a series of legal decisions, to have a particularly disturbing characteristic: they are required, by law, to put the interests of their investors ahead of everything else, even the public good! Ethos is a powerful new documentary that sets out to examine the logical outcomes of a system that places the bottom line ahead of everything else.

The downside of this system can be distilled down to one driving phenomenon: CONSUMERISM

CSRwire Talkback – Ethos: a new film about consumer responsibility.



Don’t expect climate change to get fixed by the governments of the world.  And it won’t be clean tech or green products saving the day either.

The problem is consumerism.  Too many people want too many things on a finite planet with limited resources.  The process of obtaining and manufacturing those things is what has gotten us into trouble: carbon emissions, resource depletion, deforestation, species extinction, etc. The consumer economy is the cornerstone of “democratic” governments worldwide.  As a result, governments have no genuine interest in changing the status quo.  It would be too problematic, too chaotic, and mean transcending too many vested interests. (Via



The collective duty of humanity is to seek a balance with nature.

Everyone has to do their part; be more with less. The problem is not money, says Brazilian Leonardo Boff in this exclusive Tierramérica interview.

“The market is not going to resolve the environmental crisis,” says Boff, professor at Brazil’s State University of Rio de Janeiro. The solution, he says, lies in ethics and in changing our relationship with nature. READ ON: Tierramérica.

Patanjali was right, we don’t need outside “things” to live a fulfilled existance.

Consumerism=Environmental Destruction
This comes at a time when it will take a lot more than recycling and buying organic to reverse our destructive path toward global climate change. We need to make a cultural shift away from consumerism and toward the simple joys of life, like enjoying a walk on a beach, biking through a park, or hiking in a national forest.

A study recently released by Worldwatch, which I saw on Grist, makes this clear. Can Yogic Philosophy Save the Planet?




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