The Steep Price We Pay
We should all collectively agree that the concept of buying is highly overrated.
Buying holds many connotations built around fulfilling an innate desire for possessing something. Whether or not it is out of altruistic of selfish interests, bringing home an overblown bag of chips, box of crayons or even pricier commodities like a vehicle or computer is justified under one set of finite expectations: "I worked for my money therefore, I am able or entitled to purchasing this product"
In our Western culture and market driven economy built on instant gratification, our ways of consumption have ingrained into our very lives. Believing that anything can be bought with a price as long as we set our hearts to implicitly tells us the things that we acquire is justly deserved.
But little do we know that the bar's been set so low, we've integrated buying products at the nearby dollar store with similar pleasure seeking motives as buying the latest television or cell phone. Consumers clamoring over the next Iphone and Samsung model as advertised on billboards and commercials have influence our expectations in the way menial household products are sold. With every foreseeable commodity heavily packaged under one roof hidden inside thick plastic and clever packaging, it is documented that 10.5 millions of plastics is thrown away in USA alone (excluding: metals, chemicals and etc)
And this is frightening news. For the finite resources of the world simply can not attain our buying culture much further. What we have at stake is not only the acceptance of buying will inevitably end but the model by which we adopted for so many generations will arrive at a very steep and irreparable cost.