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Having been in the business field for over 40 years ...
on April 28, 2015
Having been in the business field for over 40 years and seeing firsthand the rise of egregious consumption and the shameless advertising that fuels it, Benjamin Barber has very ably identified many of the contributing factors, not the least of which are our collective cultural boredom and our naive but doomed expectations of fulfillment via uncontrolled acquisition. The infantilist ethos to which he alludes is virtually ubiquitous, not only in the marketplace, but in almost every area of our existence. The collusion of the social influences of our time have coalesced to eviscerate all meaning and purpose from our common pursuits. Or, in the words of Paul David Tripp, "to shrink the size of our lives to the size of our lives." While sadly not giving more insights on how to possibly resist and subvert this pernicious situation, Barber does sound a cogent alarm without being extremist. A valuable resource in further understanding how rampant consumption and self-obsession not only impact our beliefs but our lifestyles as well.