Saturday, November 6, 2010

Consumption gluttony

In today's world of fast-paced consumerism, we are often inundated with a wide array of choices and new products. This is so much so that it is sometimes difficult to discern between needs and wants. So we end up drowning ourselves in indulgence. We buy more than what we need. We feel deprived if we don't get everything we want; the TV commercials make sure you get that message.

Many of us own more than one device that we can log on to the internet with, more than one digital camera, and more shoes and more clothes than we can possibly need in a lifetime. Yet we keep on buying more things to keep in ever-bigger houses even as the average family size gets smaller and smaller. This is consumption gluttony. It is not much different from food gluttony. We will just keep on consuming and not feel satisfied. I think it is time we become more astute in our consumption behavior. Otherwise we will get the same bloated feeling that we have just consumed too much.

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