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 John Paul II and the Problem of Consumerism
He regards consumerism as a threat to the freedom of the human person to live according to the higher demands of love rather than to the lower pull of material desires.
Consumerism may well be a cultural phenomenon, but the economic order is not insulated from culture, and neither is culture unaffected by economics.
Consumerism is a major moral threat to the salvation of souls–the primary concern of religious thinkers.
www.acton.org /publicat/randl/article.php?id=321   (2349 words)

  
 How Consumerism Affects Society, Our Economy and the Environment
Consumerism is economically manifested in the chronic purchasing of new goods and services, with little attention to their true need, durability, product origin or the environmental consequences of manufacture and disposal.
Consumerism interferes with the workings of society by replacing the normal common-sense desire for an adequate supply of life's necessities, community life, a stable family and healthy relationships with an artificial ongoing and insatiable quest for things and the money to buy them with little regard for the true utility of what is bought.
Consumerism, already having captured death as a consumer obligation whereby sadness and regret are quenched by spending lots of money, now turns major life events like weddings and births into consumer events with their own hierarchy of demands for the things which assume a life of their own.
www.verdant.net /society.htm   (5035 words)

  
 Catholic Culture : Document Library : Christian Asceticism: Breaking Consumerism's Destructive Hold
Consumerism promises "a better life" to all who work hard enough, but I believe that it actually leads to a social and economic instability which tends to destroy the consumerist system and its adherents.
Consumerism functions by arousing desires and encouraging them not to be satisfied, which in turn leads to alienation from personal accomplishments and to fear of loss.
Consumerism trains a person to unjustly will to have more than he has earned or achieved, to intemperately indulge in creaturely comforts, to blindly fight against contentment in the status quo, and to unreasonably fear the loss of that status.
www.catholicculture.org /docs/doc_view.cfm?recnum=4388   (3439 words)

  
 Consumerism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Consumerism is a term used to describe the effects of equating personal happiness with purchasing material possessions and consumption.
The older term "conspicuous consumption" spread to describe consumerism in the United States in the 1960s, but was soon linked to larger debates about media theory, culture jamming, and its corollary productivism.
It is a term that embodies the active resistance to consumerism.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Consumerism   (1023 words)

  
 Resurgence: Consumerism Consumes by Jay Griffiths
Consumerism consumes; a lemon is not a lemon but a billboard, increasingly branded in ink with the brand name of its producer.
Consumerism consumes the variety of human features; the human face, usually a rich register of human emotion, is here reduced to a cash register.
Consumerism depends on persuading customers that their ' wants are actually their "needs" and further that these needs have the force of food-hunger, the literal appetite, for prey.
www.resurgence.org /resurgence/articles/griffiths.htm   (1138 words)

  
 Consumerism and the New Capitalism
Consumerism is the myth that the individual will be gratified and integrated by consuming.
Consumerism offers only short term ego-gratification for those who can afford the luxury and frustration for those who cannot.
Consumerism, like communism and fascism, is a secular religion restricting freedom of choice.
www.westland.net /venice/art/cronk/consumer.htm   (1240 words)

  
 Consumerism: The Dazzling Dream
Consumerism is the action or practice of consuming.
When we engage in consumerism we are engaged in chronic purchasing of new goods and services, with little, or no, attention to whether we need them or not, or to their durability, product origin or the environmental consequences of manufacture and disposal.
Consumerism fuels the destruction of the productive economy by supporting and encouraging the sale of the goods or services without examination by the purchaser of the quality, origin, environmental degradation or traditions of manufacture.
www.dazzling-dreams.net   (701 words)

  
 Spiritual Materialism and the Sacraments of Consumerism
Consumerism rests on the principle that happiness and success come about through consuming or purchasing things, not through creating or realizing it by oneself.
One reason that consumerism has power is due to the set of (seemingly rational) ideas, which say that happiness comes from consuming, and that the more one consumes, the more happiness there is. At the same time, this set of ideas holds that all problems have material solutions.
When you consider consumerism in terms of the functions that it performs as well as the attitude and understanding of people who are under its influence, it is not so different from other religions.
www.bpf.org /tsangha/phaisan1.html   (2084 words)

  
 Consumerism St. James Encyclopedia of Pop Culture - Find Articles
Consumerism is central to any study of the twentieth century.
The meaning of consumerism, however, goes well beyond that definition, and has undergone a striking shift from the way it was first used in the 1930s to describe a new consumer movement founded in opposition to the increased prevalence of advertising.
It is with much irony that by the end of the twentieth century, consumerism came to mean a cultural ethos marked by a dependence on commerce and incessant shopping and buying.
www.findarticles.com /p/articles/mi_g1epc/is_tov/ai_2419100315   (767 words)

  
 Consumerism in Health Care
Consumerism in health care is based on the idea that individuals should have greater control over decisions affecting their health care.
Consumerism is catching on fast: More than 3.2 million Americans are now covered by a consumer-directed health plan.
Consumerism gives individuals more control over their health care spending and informs them about the true cost of care, which makes them more cost conscious.
www.aetna.com /about/aoti/aetna_perspective/consumerism_healthcare.html   (1063 words)

  
 * Consumer Angst
Consumerism is one of religion's modern replacements, and, like religion, it actively encourages, then exploits, dissatisfaction with everyday reality.
But this is not true for consumerism, for consumerism has no parallel in early human societies.
Consumerism is itself divided into two subcategories, reactive consumerism and proactive consumerism.
www.arachnoid.com /lutusp/consumerangst.html   (4261 words)

  
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In the myth of consumerism, the individual believes he will be gratified and integrated by consuming.
While consumerism offers the tangible goal of owning a commodity, it lacks the fulfillment of other cultural mythologies.
The public is subjected to a parade of commodities and fabricated television spectacles designed to keep it preoccupied with the ideals and values of consumerism.
www.rcronk.com /2-6-consumerism.html   (943 words)

  
 This Magazine: The Rebel Sell
Consumerism is what emerges when we are duped into having desires that we would not normally have.
Many people who are, in their own minds, opposed to consumerism nevertheless actively participate in the sort of behaviour that drives it.
Consumerism is something that we actively do to one another, and that we will continue to do as long as we have no incentive to stop.
www.thismagazine.ca /issues/2002/11/rebelsell.php   (3529 words)

  
 Patient Friendly Billing Releases Consumerism in Health Care Report: Price Transparency a Key Focus
The document includes 11 points for hospitals and physicians to consider to address the impact of consumerism and help patients better understand the financial aspects of their health services.
The healthcare industry can expect consumerism to have substantial impacts throughout the entire revenue cycle, from the point of pre-registration through patient account settlement.
Advocate for regulatory revisions in line with the key objectives of consumerism in health care.
www.hfma.org /about/pressroom/pressreleases/PFBConsumerismReport.htm   (655 words)

  
 Overcoming Consumerism Citizen-Activist's Anti-Consumerism site
Consumerism is a pattern of behavior that helps to destroy our environment, personal financial health, the common good of individuals and human institutions.
This site details ways that you can help defeat consumerism, save money, work less and lead a more satisfying and environmentally benign life while helping to restore the economic self-sufficiency of your community.
Consumerism in the Arts: The hijacking of Art by speculation.
www.verdant.net   (723 words)

  
 Consumerism
The premise behind consumerism is that by providing financial incentives and information to employees, corporations can encourage them to assume a greater role in managing their own healthcare and the associated costs.
Other components of consumerism need to be included, such as preventive services, wellness and disease management programs, and communications designed to provide employees with more information regarding the quality and costs of the providers they visit and the services they use.
Consumerism in Healthcare: An Initiative of the HFMA Patient Friendly Billing Project
pwc.com /us/eng/about/ind/healthcare/consumerism.html   (243 words)

  
 Consumerism (via CobWeb/3.1 planetlab2.isi.jhu.edu)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
Consumerism builds on basic mega-trends that are affecting many parts of society:
Consumerism is transformational in that it changes the process of cost control in healthcare from the current managed care “supply control” system
Consumerism is NOT about high deductible plans, cost shifting, or even Health Savings Accounts.
www.healthtransformation.net.cob-web.org:8888 /projects/Consumerism   (198 words)

  
 Consumerism Project (via CobWeb/3.1 planetlab2.isi.jhu.edu)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
Consumerism is more than shopping malls and bulging closets.
Because what we value determines the nature of the choices we make, consumerism is a powerful force.
For the Future is organizing a series of “Simplicity Forums” featuring documentaries and well-known authors in the field of consumerism and voluntary simplicity.
www.forthefuture.org.cob-web.org:8888 /proj_consumerism.htm   (137 words)

  
 The philosophy of anti-consumerism
The society that we live in now is so geared to spending and mass consumerism it is very difficult, even for me, who realised the negative effects of consumerism at a young age, to reject.
I agree with one of your insights, that you in the West need to STOP CONSUMING and stop preaching the religion of consumerism because I can assure you that when the whole world has the ability to consume as you do, there won't be any world left worth living in.
Using "sneakers" as an example of overt consumerism is not a good one.
www.sustainableenterprises.com /Planet/anticonsumer.htm   (4969 words)

  
 True Consumerism: The Cure for an Ailing Health Care System? - Knowledge@W. P. Carey
True health care consumerism depends upon individuals taking responsibility for their own care, however.
All segments of the health care arena must respond to change the paradigm: physicians must finally begin practicing evidence-based medicine; hospitals and practices must adopt technology; employers and payers must rethink their approach to health-care insurance.
True consumerism will drive positive change, but it will require people to take responsibility for the health care of themselves and their families.
knowledge.wpcarey.asu.edu /article/1237   (1512 words)

  
 Sustainable Business Concepts: Green Consumerism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
Green consumerism creates a balance between the expectations of consumer behaviour and businesses' profit motives - within the orbit of environmental protection.
It is increasingly calls upon to look at the entire life cycle of a consumer's purchases - because a consumer does not just buys 'a' product, but also everything that went into its production, and everything that will happen in the future as a result of that product.
The concept of green consumers also focusses on businesses, and their survivability as they respond quickly to demands of consumers for products and services that are also environmentally friendly.
www.gdrc.org /sustbiz/green/a-consumerism.html   (112 words)

  
 Baylor University || Christian Ethics || Consumerism
Consumerism is, first and foremost, a culture of expectations that draws us into unhealthy ways of relating to our material possessions and tempts us to be consumers of one another.
The church is tempted to adopt marketing strategies that transform the body of Christ into one more vendor of products and services.
Yet in true worship through the Eucharist, or Lord's Supper, we can be shaped in fidelity, other-centeredness, and proper joy, which are counter-cultural to the ethos of consumerism.
www.baylor.edu /christianethics/index.php?id=14743   (285 words)

  
 Consumerism: See what people are saying right now on Technorati (via CobWeb/3.1 planetlab2.isi.jhu.edu)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
Consumerism: See what people are saying right now on Technorati (via CobWeb/3.1 planetlab2.isi.jhu.edu)
Been far too long since I put up a post regarding the impending doom that is climate change.
Anti Consumerism: Why We Should Act for an...
technorati.com.cob-web.org:8888 /tag/consumerism   (355 words)

  
 MacKiDo/Thought/Consumerism
There was (and is) a cost to this irresponsible consumerism.
Consumers, and businesses for that matter, bought up cheap, trouble-prone PCs by the millions creating a huge industry of "Windows" support books, "certified" technicians, and costly layers of administrators and support techs, which ultimately accelerated Gates' arrogant dictatorial position he is in today.
Recently, I have seen every evidence that Apple is working to design hardware with user-friendliness in mind...beautiful, fruit-colored, all-in-one computers; Firewire, USB, the new G3's door, cable reduction, etc. I'm just eager for them, or someone else, to step up and make those same kinds of dramatic ameliorations to software.
www.mackido.com /Thought/Consumerism.html   (2552 words)

  
 Behind Consumption and Consumerism - Global Issues   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
Such consumption beyond minimal and basic needs is not necessarily a bad thing in and of itself, as throughout history we have always sought to find ways to make our lives a bit easier to live.
We can additionally, see that consumerism and consumption are at the core of many, if not most societies.
The impacts of consumerism, positive and negative are very significant to all aspects of our lives, as well as our planet.
www.globalissues.org /TradeRelated/Consumption.asp   (2405 words)

  
 consumerism | The News is NowPublic.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
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Standing at the intersection of Moniwong Boulevard and Charles de Gaulle I watch the traffic, oblivious of where I am.
But that doesn't mean the New York author is about to take the easy path of self-righteousness — or let his rea...
www.nowpublic.com /tag/consumerism   (181 words)

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