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That's very true. But I think the reason people want so much to be consumers is because they are trying to fill an emotional gap/need.

Finding a pursuit that helps others leads to a greater sense of satisfaction than the purchase of a new thing.

Now good food - good dining - is something I haven't yet reached a satisfaction saturation of ;)




Ironically, that emotional gap / need is probably a symptom of the societal conditions that created the need to constantly consume. It's a hard to break cycle because as the other commenter pointed out, people will make up silly excuses for why they "love working". I would argue that in most cases the people that love working actually love how they are spending their time and not necessarily the outcome of that work. Maybe your work involves interacting with other brilliant, like-minded and positive people. Maybe your work allows you to support your family. Maybe your work makes time passing not as boring. All of those things can be addressed with activities that do not involve work.


> Ironically, that emotional gap / need is probably a symptom of the societal conditions that created the need to constantly consume.

Nothing ironic about it - it's the plan, it's how capitalism has always been intended to work. It creates disvalues in order that the working classes must consume their way to a modicum of satisfaction. Ivan Illich was good on this, or read some of the early 20th century marketing literature.

A simple, undemanding, cooperative way of life in a healthy ecosystem is the capitalist's worst nightmare.




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