People are more concerned with material items than ever before in history, especially here in the United States. We've become a nation that runs & operates on profits and consumerism. Everywhere we turn, we're bombarded with advertising for everything under the sun that they make you believe you HAVE to have. Everything from houses, cars, electronics, down to small useless garbage. Typically, most of it is made in other countries like China, Taiwan, etc. Usually in these developing countries, they employ slave labor in environments that aren't safe. Most of them also pollute the environment either by burning mass amounts of resources or by dumping toxic waste anywhere they can. Many US businesses took their operations over-seas to maximize their profits with the cheap labor, tax free opportunities & huge safety shortcuts. Walmart is a prime example of what devastation occurs when one of these large corporations exploit our weaknesses. Not only our weakness here in the US as consumers, but the weakness of the slaves that they employ in these other countries.
This article in no way is excluding myself because I am part of the problem. I admit that. I've always bought 'stuff' without much thought. New Gopro camera, laptop, ipad, clothes, cameras, phones, etc. So I am just as much to blame as anyone else that is reading this. The thing about all of that is that I'M CHANGING a little bit everyday. Trying to become less of a target for these traps. I try to make rational thought a part of every purchase. I realize we can't just not buy anything. The way the world is set up, we have to make purchases. We have to pay bills, we are trapped in the machine. But I think that if we really think about stuff before we just buy it, it will help get us back on track. Buying from local stores like 'mom & pop' type stores rather than walmart or other large chains. I find it sad that a lot of people don't even take the time to understand how this world works. From the monetary system, to the capitalist system, economy, imports vs exports, etc. Take the time needed & invest in your understanding of all of these areas. It will help you better understand where you need to change.
Work, shop, consume, pay bills, pay taxes & repeat. And as if the main shopping season wasn't enough (Christmas), they've now created brown thursday, black friday, cyber monday & more. It's embarrassing to see hundreds of people camped outside of best buy for a week in advance just to buy some chinese garbage. Like the new TSA penis scanner, better known as the xbox one. That video, whether true or not, should have you at least a little concerned. Not only can it listen to the conversations in your home even when it's off, but it scans your body like they do at the airports & may or may not save that data for future use. If you are getting or already got one for your children, you may want to do your research. It might just scare you enough to get rid of it.
We could go into the endless causes & culprits of this manufactured destruction of the middle class in America, but that's not what this post is about. It's about waking up & trying to do your part to change this. The fact is, WE are not only the problem, but WE are the answer. WE the people. It's much easier to change yourself than change the things around you. If we don't like how things are going, WE need to change! These corporations do everything they can to brainwash you into thinking you NEED to have the next new material items that hit the market. Like sheep, most people jump right in with the herd & spend their hard-earned fiat paper.
To them, your main duty as a citizen of this country is to CONSUME. Whether it's clothes, homes, cars, services, television, food, junk etc. Consume is the name of the game that they want us to play & we blindly submit. It's really sad to see this once great country fail so miserably. We have to make the change we want to see in the world.
So here's a few things that WE can do as a country to help change how things are going:
* Invest more time & money into your local communities.
* Stop buying anything made in CHINA. I know it's hard & almost impossible these days, but every little bit helps. Watch this documentary about WalMart if you want to know more.
* Shop at your mom & pop type shops instead of going to Walmart. This also is difficult but little by little is better than none at all.
* Try to only buy things that have real value or that will help you live a better life. Things that last longer, not just cheap crap that you 'think' you have to have because a TV commercial told you that you did.
* Spread the word & try to help wake other people up. Find or make good documentaries & share them on facebook, twitter, etc. Even if you only reach 1 person it's a successful mission. You never know, that 1 person you reach might reach a million of their own.
* Invest your extra fiat paper into REAL items like gold & silver instead of Chinese garbage.
* Organize your own movement either on social networks or out in the streets!
DOCUMENTARIES TO WATCH:
Death By China
Walmart - The high cost of low prices
97% Owned - Economic Truth
A Crude Awakening
Impending Collapse of the World Economy
The College Conspiracy
OutFoxed - War on Journalism
Into the Fire
Iraq For Sale
These are just a couple of my top picks. There are thousands of great documentaries that give you another view of the world & what's going on. Don't rely on mainstream media to feed your hunger for truth. They are all owned by 6 major corporations. If you want to know more about all that, visit THIS PAGE. Thanks for reading & please share if you find it useful.