Friday, June 4, 2010

Retail ReDux

Do bars & walls keep "the other out" or just cage us in?

The whole of the following excerpt is posted on the new sustainable fashion- the papers blog

As Americans, we have become accustomed to a lifestyle that is manipulated, unavailable on a large scale due to finite resources and though at first it was fairly consensual, we are starting to realize that it is an abusive relationship. Now more and more of us want it to stop! We feel we have been duped for the benefit of a very few, while the majority is played as scapegoats and pawns.
British research verified the truth of the shoppers high a few years ago. “During a shopping experience, the human brain apparently releases the chemical dopamine, ....... which has a role in our ability to experience pleasure or pain. It appears also to have a role in addictive behavior. Simply put, if an action makes us feel good we want to repeat it.” (Kopp, C. 2005)
This seduction has a huge cost that is not extracted from the bottom line by the production model we have constructed. Product lifecycle considerations are now questioned as is the transportation and resource abuse we have tolerated in the name of lifestyle. Now we realize the huge price tag we were encouraged to ignore. The bill is coming due and we need to accept that fact. (& this just addresses the physical damage, the mental is another story to be continued.)
As we heal the earth, we may heal ourselves and vice versa. We need new stories to promote that healing; stories not of fear but of love. “Storytelling has always been the preferred tool of great wisdom teachers.” (Wolz, B. p. 14) Well if it works for them, maybe we have a chance. If you have a story share it, it is time.

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graniness achieved by shooting with a pentax digital still camera. I wasn't intending to do this video until the Easter Island Maoi figures "told me to."
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1 comment:

Anna said...

Nicely put together makes you think I love story of stuff.