Friday, June 8, 2007

what would jesus buy?

today while I was checking out a link a friend sent (on a totally separate matter!) I ran across a reference for 'reverend billy and the church of stop shopping.' I'm not one for religion (spirituality is another matter), but I must say here's one church I'm tempted to join! rev. billy and his apostles are actually a troupe of guerrilla artists who have turned their talents toward calling attention to the american (and global) problem of rampant consumerism. don't know about you, but there is nothing that gets my rant up like the mall-ing of america - no matter where you go there are mickey d's, starbucks, abercrombie and fitch, gaps, victoria secrets, and hundreds of other corporate spawn trying to convince you that desires are needs. the bottom line is that the high-priests of consumerism just want to separate you from your money - they don't tell you their goods most often come from sweatshops in third world countries and the only folk in their organizations who have benefits or a living wage is management. fair-trade, workers rights, come on now! in reverend billy's church I gather they are out to expose the high-priests of consumerism and show they are really just greedy devils and not priests at all!

open spaces are giving way to 'big boxes' or these new pseudo-communities which seem to be cropping up from sea to shining sea. these 'communities' combine the corporate spawn mentioned above with a slew of chain-restaurants, megaplexes (showing all your favorite multi-million dollar hollywood blockbusters) and high-rent condos or apartments - what they offer and promise is a homogeneous-stepford-wife kind of 'one-stop' lifestyle. ah, what can one say corporations and their quest for profit are certainly adaptive and clever 'creatures.' let's just pray that resistance will not be futile!!!

from the rev's site I learned a documentary based on 'the church's' actions is currently on the film festival circuit and may be even cropping up in independent art-film houses. until it shows up at my local cinema or at the local public library I guess I have to be satisfied with you-tube teasers!


Anonymous said...


You have written about Consumerism. In this context I want to post a part from my article which examines the impact of Speed, Overstimulation, Consumerism and Industrialization on our Minds and Environment. Please read.

Industrial Society Destroys Mind and Environment.

The fast-paced, consumerist lifestyle of Industrial Society is causing exponential rise in psychological problems besides destroying the environment. All issues are interlinked. Our Minds cannot be peaceful when attention-spans are down to nanoseconds, microseconds and milliseconds. Our Minds cannot be peaceful if we destroy Nature.

The link between Mind and Social / Environmental-Issues.

Subject : In a fast society slow emotions become extinct.
Subject : A thinking mind cannot feel.
Subject : Scientific/ Industrial/ Financial thinking destroys the planet.
Subject : Environment can never be saved as long as cities exist.

Emotion is what we experience during gaps in our thinking.

If there are no gaps there is no emotion.

Today people are thinking all the time and are mistaking thought (words/ language) for emotion.

When society switches-over from physical work (agriculture) to mental work (scientific/ industrial/ financial/ fast visuals/ fast words ) the speed of thinking keeps on accelerating and the gaps between thinking go on decreasing.

There comes a time when there are almost no gaps.

People become incapable of experiencing/ tolerating gaps.

Emotion ends.

Man becomes machine.

A society that speeds up mentally experiences every mental slowing-down as Depression / Anxiety.

A ( travelling )society that speeds up physically experiences every physical slowing-down as Depression / Anxiety.

A society that entertains itself daily experiences every non-entertaining moment as Depression / Anxiety.

Fast visuals/ words make slow emotions extinct.

Scientific/ Industrial/ Financial thinking destroys emotional circuits.

A fast (large) society cannot feel pain / remorse / empathy.

A fast (large) society will always be cruel to Animals/ Trees/ Air/ Water/ Land and to Itself.

To read the complete article please follow any of these links :


mouse (aka kimy) said...

amen sushil! your argument holds 'holy water' for me.

Anonymous said...

I like your blog and I especially like this post. thanks for the kind comments you left me!

Colette Amelia said...

Amen Sister! But you know it is difficult indeed to find a corner in the world that hasn't been taken over and it seems like the corporatization process is speeding up faster and faster.

Do they even lull us in our sleep with sound waves that brain wash us to go out and spend? Hey feeling blue cheer yourself up buy something! Feeling happy, well celebrate buy something...I myself have to stop, maybe I will wear earplugs.