Morality in a world of consumerism

A benefit of Multiple Myeloma, my own personal Cancer, is due to figure I have been able to read extensively, one of my favorite activities. When I was young I use to spend hours laying on the floors in the public library, pulling books of the shelves and reading for hours. Not that Houston summertime temps had anything to do with being in AC. This was before AC was standard in every building built as it is now. One had to be careful not to step in the bubbling asphalt which always indicated we lived in a place no person had a right to be in. Remember Houston is in a semi-tropical area of the country where mosquitoes, yellow fever, and other assorted tropical features were a part of the landscape until we took over!!!

Anyways, a corollary to the obsessive reading is the obsessive thinking and trying to figure out the world we inhabit. I have mainly been reading history, military and science, from the 1500s to current.

A question that has arisen in talking with others is if we can live moral lives while we live in a society that places consumers at the Apex of our culture. I don’t believe we can if the world is to be a fair and equitable place to live. Everything is a Moral decision. And we don’t think of these things as moral decisions. That can’t happen if the bottom l line is ultimately where we want to be. This isn’t a moral decision about what is most immediate to us. One has to take in the whole of the world. Do we have the right to take water from Mexico because we can? Do we have rights to oil in Nigeria because we use so much energy unfairly? Do I have the right to spend 100$ on a pair of shoes when 2/3 of the world is barefoot and gets diseases because of it? These are questions we don’t ask our even answer past out noses cause we’re “Superior”. Time and again throughout history we have used resources cause others have not seen for or needed to.

Thoughts?

Author: sonorasam

Love cats. Gadgets. Reading history, physics, Natural History to Brian Eno. Enjoy Politics to keep my sense of humor sharp. Play country blues guitar. Amateur photographer of bugs. Think I can write (like all of us do). Mountains, Deborah, Everett keep me sane for the most part. Love the Internet, this wild, crazy, frontier that informs, democratizes us. Never thought I would be witness and participant in a culture and world changing technology, but here I am.

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