May 18

Reflection

If we are out of touch with what we truly desire, we are easy prey for those who want to tell us what it is. Consumerism encourages us to want something more than what we have whether we need it or not. Advertisers connect our happiness to what we consume; personal worth is linked to having what is the latest new product. Propaganda tries to bend facts and shape our political views. It makes hype more attractive than truth. Unless we view things critically and reflectively, our desire for spiritual depth and transcendence can flounder in false information. Discernment helps us to understand the motives for our actions and allows our real yearnings to surface.

Prayer

Blessed are the poor in spirit.

Action

Listen to commercials critically. View TV news with an informed perspective . What are you being told about your needs and their fulfillment?

Suggested Reading

Blessed are those who know their need for theirs is the grace of heaven.
Matthew 5:3

The encounter with the living Jesus fills the heart with joy, because it fills it with true life, a profound goodness that does not pass away or decay. But this experience must face the daily vanity, the poison of emptiness that insinuates itself into our society based on profit and having (things), that deludes young people with consumerism
Pope Francis.

Contemplation is an alternative consciousness that refuses to identify with or feed what are only passing shows. It is the absolute opposite of addiction, consumerism or any egoic consciousness.
Richard Rohr

The folly of endless consumerism sends us on a wild goose-chase for happiness through materialism.
Bryant H. McGill

If people in the media cannot decide whether they are in the business of reporting news or manufacturing propaganda, it is all the more important that the public understand that difference, and choose their news sources accordingly.
Thomas Sowell

Propaganda does not deceive people; it merely helps them to deceive themselves.
Eric Hoffer

All over the place, from the popular culture to the propaganda system, there is constant pressure to make people feel that they are helpless, that the only role they can have is to ratify decisions and to consume.
Noam Chomsky

Propaganda is amazing. People can be led to believe anything.
Alice Walker

American consumerism is about buying things we don’t need,
with money we don’t have, to impress friends we don’t have time for.
Leo Horrigan

 It’s a measure of the depth of our consumer trance that the death of the planet is not sufficient to break it.
Kalle Lasn

 It’s so easy for propaganda to work, and dissent to be mocked.
Harold Pinter

 

 

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