Are you the consumer, or the consumed?

Joshua Becker, in 10 Reasons to Escape Excessive Consumerism:

Henry David Thoreau once said, “Every generation laughs at the old fashions, but religiously follows the new.” Recently, I have been struck by the wisdom and practical applicability of that thought whether relating to fashion, decoration, or design. A culture built on consumption must produce an ever-changing target to keep its participants spending money. And our culture has nearly perfected that practice.

Nearly?

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