quotes tagged with 'consumerism'

The final maka-feke I wish to mention today is one which can crush our self-esteem, ruin relationships, and leave us in desperate circumstances. It is the maka-feke of excessive debt. It is a human tendency to want the things which will give us prominence and prestige. We live in a time when borrowing is easy. We can purchase almost anything we could ever want just by using a credit card or obtaining a loan. Extremely popular are home equity loans, where one can borrow an amount of money equal to the equity he has in his home. What we may not realize is that a home equity loan is equivalent to a second mortgage. The day of reckoning will come if we have continually lived beyond our means.
Author: Thomas S. Monson, Source: http://lds.org/ldsorg/v/index.jsp?vgnextoid=2354fccf2b7db010Vg...Saved by cboyack in debt consumerism loan mortgage heloc 12 years ago[save this] [permalink]
We need to speak up, to say boldly why we fight for good schools, why we build houses for the homeless, why we protect open space, why we look after the ailing and the elderly, why we pay taxes without grumbling, why we honor government as a force for public good. In a society obsessed with competition, we need to say why we practice cooperation. In a culture addicted to instant gratification, we need to champion long-term healing and the welfare of coming generations.
Author: Scott Russell Sanders, Source: http://www.newdream.org/newsletter/common_wealth.phpSaved by Doc in government selfishness consumerism materialism zion community stewardship commonwealth conservationism cooperation preservation 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]
After the September 11th attacks, when Americans longed to know how we could help heal our country, politicians told us to go shopping. When Americans wondered how we could reduce our dependence on oil, and thus our entanglement with despotic regimes in the Middle East, our leaders told us to drive and fly. As we look around at this richest of nations and see the national debt piling up, hospitals closing, schools failing, prison populations swelling, forests dying, glaciers melting, farmland disappearing, children going without medical care, and countless people sleeping on the streets, our leaders offer us tax cuts.
Author: Scott Russell Sanders, Source: http://www.newdream.org/newsletter/common_wealth.phpSaved by Doc in selfishness consumerism materialism community property commonwealth cooperation 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]
For a few moments, may we set aside the catalogs of Christmas, with their gifts of exotic description. Let's even turn from the flowers for Mother, the special tie for Father, the cute doll, the train that whistles, the long-awaited bicycle—even the books and videos—and direct our thoughts to God-given gifts that endure.
Author: Thomas S. Monson, Source: http://www.lds.org/library/display/0,4945,2043-1-3917-1,00.htm...Saved by cboyack in consumerism materialism christmas gift 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]
In the past we branded slaves. Now we are slaves to brands.
Author: Jonathan Barnbrook, Source: unknownSaved by jason in activism branding consumerism materialism advertising 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]

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