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Consume Consume - Be Consumed

ConsumerismYou've seen the picture before. A father brings home a new flat screen TV. His little daughter is happy. She is singing, "Three G, Three G."

Then she looks over and sees the neighbour with a new 4G TV. She turns to her father and say, "You silly head."

You're watching the latest edition of Style or Fashion Week. You see a six-foot anorexic-looking blondie strutting her stuff on the catwalk with more than a dozen photographers snapping as if it's the world's last image.

Meanwhile, your high school daughter sitting next to you is starting to conjure up ways she might be able to look like Blondie on TV.

You are viewing West Indies against India, but the game is waning a bit. Instead the Digicel/Lime rivalry takes over your attention with each successive commercial break.


Consumerism has become one of the biggest threats to our health, our environment, and indeed our surviva.

The word consumerism has different meanings, so I am writing in the context of consumerism being the overly preoccupying thought or emphasis on acquiring consumer goods. Of course, consumerism in this context is not a new phenomenon, but we have now taken it to a level that is fast becoming unsustainable.

In Dan Buettner's study of the regions of the world where people live longest, healthiest, and quite possibly happiest, he found there are some common principles that they live by. They tend to spend a lot of quality time with family, friends, and neighbours;  eat very simple, plant-based foods; waste very little; fellowship regularly in faith-based groups; walk a lot or use very few energy-saving devices; stress little; rest adequately; and have a strong sense of community.

Additionally, they have and know their purpose in life (which is not about acquiring material possessions). But they do not allow that purpose to consume them.

Sadly, in most parts of the world, while many might claim to have these ideals, the actual practice of them is considered antiquated. As a result, we have become preoccupied with acquiring things, at a serious detriment to health, happiness, environment, and our very life.

Take our first illustration above. The young lady was overjoyed with her 3G TV until she saw her neighbour's 4G set. So it does not even beg the question that a lot of what we buy is due to us trying to keep up with the Jones - the status thing. Quite often, I am asked when I am going to trade in my Suzuki - that have served me well over the past seven years - and get a Mercedes like Dr X.

This is why celebrities are paid huge sums of money (at times far in excess of what they earn from their official jobs) to sell a product. If I have the latest iPhone that all the Hollywood celebs are sporting, I must be in a higher social bracket than my neighbour, who is still using his Nokia from a year ago.

How many young people prostitute their bodies, risking HIV, hardly ever have a good night's rest, starve their bodies of proper nutrition, ignore their aging parents, neglect their babies, deal drugs, join gangs, steal... just to step out in, or with, the latest gear?


It is not just the "young and the restless". You sometimes have the tele-evangelist pleading with you to send him your hard-earned money to feed poor children in Africa, yet he lives in his own private castle, cruising around in his Bentley, and his wife has 200 pairs of shoes.

The second illustration is just as disturbing.  Proper health care has now been bushwhacked by a system that is geared to make anyone with a gimmick rich. Again, the so-called celebrities are some of the leading proponents. They put their names on some kool aid, and it is automatically transformed into vitamin water - the health breakthrough of the century.

The formula created by using the "special watermelon" from France is going to make your face young and smooth like Cindy Crawford. They sell pills so you can look like an anorexic "supermodel," and tell you how great botox and their plastic surgeon are going to make you look.

They will even propose to heal psychiatric deficiencies, keeping you calm and confident with clothes, bags, and accessories from Versace, Armani, and Louis Vuitton.

Often, they forget to tell you the consequences to your natural beauty, health, and pocket in the aftermath of the spending escapade, and how empty you feel when the makeup is washed off and you find that you never took the time to enhance your inner beauty. But rest assured, when the next fad comes around, as long as they are paid to, they will let you know how they can't live without it - and neither can you.

If that is not enough, this is the age of the electronic gadget - iPhone, iPod, iPad, Blackberry, smart cards, cars that park themselves, airplanes without pilots. Now there is nothing necessarily wrong with these devices. However, in the current mode, if you buy one today, we will sell you the upgrade tomorrow, of course at a higher price.

Remember, in this new age of consumerism, the next new product makes the one before it obsolete. It means the"creative waste" that was the product before has to be dumped somewhere; the material to make the new one has to be mined from somewhere.

More trees are cut down faster than they can be regrown; more water courses are polluted, more whales and sea creatures die as more waste eventually gets into the ocean; more natural parks get converted into theme parks; more agricultural land to department stores. More, more, more!


It means more slave labour is employed as multi-national companies get even richer and increasingly can bribe, buy, manipulate, and headlock the governments of poor countries to make and modify laws to suit their industry.

The ever-increasing tension between labour and capital gets greater, and there is greater unrest, greater number of occupiers. We may eventually destroy ourselves.

It may seem overly simplistic and idealistic. But just consider that in the United States, on a whole, 96 billion pounds of food are thrown away each year (3,000 pounds each second).

Yet in Louisiana, thousands of children go to sleep each night with hungry bellies. When we add the millions all over the world who die of malnutrition and starvation, we may start to understand the evil of post-modern consumerism.

Consume, consume... be eventually CONSUMED!

Dr Jerry Simon (NSA Medical Surgical Rehab Centre, 268 4620631, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).


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Dear Dr. Simon, #2

#43 From the Side Line » 2012-01-16 19:53

Politician living the live and maybe you do not get a round but they have the chicks and so are the drug pushers. The girls really do not want anything from broke men like me. Hard facts “No Money No Love”. And lots of men are struggling to keep their family together, because a men is use to supply for his family, but when you just cannot do otherwise no matter how you try, it is hard and plenty stress. And you can also see crime is also up. Young men are looking for the easy way out.
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Dear Dr. Simon, #1

#42 From the Side Line » 2012-01-16 19:53

I do respect and appreciate your opinion articles. In fact I admire you as a doctor and a person not being after the big bucks like most of your colleagues that are getting rich overnight. As you can see I would not be able to challenge your medical opinion but your social opinion can certainly be challenged. Which does not mean that it is wrong. It’s just not a factual science like medicine. Anyway, I look forward to contribute to your next article and hope I do not have to wait so long this time. Cause you sure were missing in action for some time.
By the way I was not joking when I said that only drug pusher and politicians are helping the single mothers, but again you fail to see the underlying truth of the matter. These are the categories of people you see flourishing presently in our cash strapped economy.
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From the sideline, thanks!

#41 Dr. Simon » 2012-01-13 22:12

I guess when someone says that only a drug pusher and a politician can help a single mother, he or she is trying to be funny.
Anyway if you are serious(and maybe I am missing your point again) I hope you are not a single mother.
I choose to comment on the part of your earlier comments that I did to clear up some obvious misconception about me because it is stated I studied in Cuba.
My personal and professional territory is people's health and well-being and I can not help but care about the whole person.
By your logic the church should just preach salvation,but it should not feed a hungry child or educate a fatherless child because that is not its territory.
However at this point the only thing left to say to you is thanks very much.
I truly appreciate you taking your time to comment on my article.
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@ Dr. Simon, Proud ANU Queen and Nameless

#40 From the Side Line » 2012-01-12 23:28

Ok proud ANU Queen(btw I love that pseudo, trust you fit the name) and btw the question is directed to Dr. Simon and not Dr. Newton. And Nameless, if we agree that everything is related to medical and therefore we should consult a Doctor then I believe the Doctors will have a lot of work on their hands to do cause Antigua is presently very stressed. Because many people are out of a job and have no money to pay their bills. And Doctors cannot help them for sure. The only ones that presently help especially the unemployed single parent mothers are the drug pushers and the politicians. They have the cash. Money talks. And by the way Doc. You still didn’t get the message. I wasn’t really apologizing. I was saying you only commented on a small piece of my comment. You missed the entire post. Read it carefully. This is the Wild Wild West. WWW. We don’t care about our fellow men any longer. But I like your final words saying what all human needs are proper nutrition, air, water, social interaction, love, hope and Jah.
and I would say and a good Doctor. Have a wonderful day Dr.
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i love it

#39 nameless » 2012-01-10 16:06

SHOUT IT LOUD AND CLEAR DR S!!!

"For the truth is whether we call ourselves Capitalist, Socialist, Humanist, Muslim, Jew, Christian or Atheist our human needs are the same... proper nutrition, air, water, social interaction, love, hope and Jah."
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Dr. Simon


Read more: http://www.Caribarena.com/antigua/opinions/opinion-pieces/drjerry-simon/99332-consume-consume-be-consumed.html#ixzz1j5UhLj4A
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#38 Dr. Simon » 2012-01-10 15:31

There is no need for any apology.
I can assure you that I did not respond to you in anger. Anyone who knows me know I love a healthy debate.
However I am hoping that we as people can stop the box labelling and see a person's idea for what it is worth.
For all the favour I have with the Cuban system, I choose and will choose to live in this NEED-TO-BE-FIXED Antiguan system any day. I just hope we all work to make it better.
For the truth is whether we call ourselves Capitalist, Socialist, Humanist, Muslim, Jew, Christian or Atheist our human needs are the same... proper nutrition, air, water, social interaction, love, hope and Jah.
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#37 nameles » 2012-01-10 13:03

“But do you want to stretch your field so thin that we have to conclude that eventually everything is health related in some way or another.”

Yes it is related! Stress is one of the contributing factor to High Blood pressure! Stoke! Heart attack! Cancer! Stress leads to marriage breakups, family fights, road rage, suicides and violence. one of the contributing factor of Stress is Financial Problems for starters!
Debt which sometimes could be avoided had consumers take the time to ask "want / need"
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#36 Proud ANU Queen » 2012-01-10 10:45

I'd like to respond to a question in your apology #2 to Dr. Newton:

"Which leaves me to wonder, what I will go to the Dr. for next? My mortgage payment? It is health related."

The answer to that question my friend, is YES. Not being able to pay one's mortgage or any bill, for that matter, increases the STRESS level, and we know that stress is the precursor for a number of ailments plaguing society today.
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Dear Doc. My apology #2

#35 From the Side Line » 2012-01-10 09:03

Which leaves me to wonder, what I will go to the Dr. for next? My mortgage payment? It is health related. So Dr. I really don’t believe that you want to stretch it so thin and draw a clear line where do you come in professionally and where socially. Which is what I was trying to say in my clumsy way. But the center of the comments Doc remains. The western way of living, we seem to love it as long as it doesn’t hurt our pocket. The muslin nations are fighting to be overthrown by it. It is in fact a very evil system as you can see how it even corrupts preachers, who have with all good intention embraced the lifestyle. But if we believe the Good Word even this system will fall one day. We see the symptoms of it everywhere now with the economic depressions all over the world.
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Dear Doc. My apology #1

#34 From the Side Line » 2012-01-10 09:03

I seem to have struck you on the wrong side, for in my entire comment you pick on that which in my opinion was just a stated fact that this is not a medical/health piece. It was about our behavior to want all this materialism in our live. The western way of living. But my comments go much further in agreeing with you that this might not be the best way of living but I doubt whether we would want it otherwise given what we people have become. And of course what we parents are causing our children to be. That to me was more the center of my comments. Of course as you state you are a person first a Dr. I hope second, and in your profession you are a Dr. 24/7. Most Dr.’s families just like other essential services have to deal with that reality. But do you want to stretch your field so thin that we have to conclude that eventually everything is health related in some way or another.
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#33 Dr. Simon » 2012-01-10 00:28

As you so rightfully pointed out, what I wrote is an opinion piece. But do not think for one moment that our pattern of consumerism does not affect our health.
Since you mentioned Cuba, there is a reason why that country has such great health indicators compared to even developed countries.
I refer you to Dan Buettner's articles on the Blue Zones.
I do not lock myself in any box, Capitalist nor Communist. I am a person first, a physician second.
Please tell the next patient that needs a CT scan and cannot get it done because he or she does have the money, that this is not a medical piece.
And explain to them why scores of unnecessary medical test are ordered everyday and the people who really need them can not get them.Then tell me what's in my territory.
The first course I did in medical school was called Society and Health.I implore you to read such a course and then explain to me what is in my territory.
Thanks much for your contribution.
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Our way of live #4

#32 From the Side Line » 2012-01-09 21:44

No more cheap goods from India and all the other countries where there is child labour. Who would be willing to pay the right price for goods coming out of those countries if you want the people there to live an equally good live as you? I believe the minute it hurts in our pocket we will turn and look the other way and buy the cheap products once again and thereby promoting the very same thing we so hypocritically condemn. So our human nature is as long as it doesn’t hurt us in one way or another we honestly don’t really care. That is the sad truth. So Doc. Thanks for provoking us with this article which is a personal opinion of a social way of live and not a medical piece.
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Our way of live #3

#31 From the Side Line » 2012-01-09 21:43

. I am of some age that at Christmas we were happy to get a little car for a toy or a plastic water gun. Not these days, children want Xbox and WII and Black Berry and Ipad. And parents don’t discourage this attitude. Therefore God be with the next generation when they cannot get what they want. What will they do? Beg, Steal, do drugs, **. You name it. And we the parents are responsible for this behavior in our children, because we didn’t instill in them the right values of life. There is a movement in Europe that is trying to reverse this in several ways they start with promoting basic agricultural principals (http://www.slowfood.com/). Where countries do not take advantage of less fortunate ones and buy goods cheap. Just imaging you do not buy goods from China, because you do not support the Chinese way of living that exploit the cheap labour of their citizens.
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Our way of live #2

#30 From the Side Line » 2012-01-09 21:43

On the surface nothing wrong with a man being rich. Cause we see that God did blessed Solomon who was the richest man on earth in his days. Even Abraham was rich in his days. But of course it is the love that we have for these material things were God has a problem with us. For if we do love them so much we breach the first commandment. When Jesus ordered the rich young man to sell all he had and give the money to the poor and follow him, the young man turned away. He was not willing to go that extreme. Hence Jesus said it would be easier for a Camel to go through the eye of a needle then for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. During the Xmas season I saw a program on TV where children were given pre-Christmas presents of a very simple nature, I was very astonished with the children’s reaction. Some of them really got so upset they used bad words calling Santa all sort of things, because they didn’t got what they wanted. Many parents during the Christmas season go out of their way to please their children and get themselves in some serious debts.
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Our way of live #1

#29 From the Side Line » 2012-01-09 21:42

I do believe that the good Dr. wrote this opinion not as a medical piece. However that would be more in his territory. Now he has given a personal not a professional opinion about what I would call the western way of living. And therefore many rightfully so will disagree with him. I think it is safe to say that the good Dr. has spent quite some time of his life in Cuba and therefore may have adopt/fall in favor with the Cuban way of living. Nothing wrong with that. The west as we know it is very materialistic and all about self. Some see that as the good things about our Capitalistic/Democra tic way of living. Others see that as the bad side of it. All in all the very same men of God who are to teach us brotherly love have fallen in love with the materialistic way of life. That is why they will ask you to give and teach you that the more you give the more you receive. A biblical principal. To whom much is given much is expected.
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Thanks Doc! - Cont.

#28 Proud ANU Queen » 2012-01-09 15:01

There are also some students who are at the lower end of the economic spectrum, and they refuse to eat school meals. They prefer to spend money that they barely have at the fast food joints every day. I guess it allows them to fit in with their peers, although it's adding to their economic hardship.

Lets talk about waste...at the end of the school day, all left over food in the kitchen has bleach poured on it and discarded. Food pantries are over whelmed because of the number of unemployed, some are even closing their doors because of a decrease in contributinos, yet all this food is being wasted. I scratch my head practically every day and wonder why is this wastefulness allowed to occur when there are so many needy familes? Not even staff members can get the left over food.
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Thanks Doc!

#27 Proud ANU Queen » 2012-01-09 14:55

Dr. Simon,
Thanks again for another thought provoking opinion piece. I concur with you. Case in point; I live in the U.S., and by the end of August, Christmas decorations and Christmas goods are already on display. Why, one may ask? so that the consumer can get a jump start on their Christmas shopping! Remember, businesses rely on our dollars between Nov. 24 and December 26, to balance their accounting sheets for the end of the year. Additionally, I work in a school and we have students who live in shelters but wear Prada Shoes to school...go figure. Some of the students have the most expensive cell phones and boots, and if they have to pay for their Metro Cards and/or buy lunch, they complain, refuse to pay, and ask to speak to someone in authority. And God forbid if they don't get the answer they wanted!
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#26 Histoire » 2012-01-09 10:30

Great analysis Dr. Simon.
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#25 my way of helping » 2012-01-08 20:34

No, thank you Doctor Simon and for everyone who really cares, from their.
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RE: Consume Consume - Be Consumed

#24 Antiguan Abroad » 2012-01-08 19:32

Tenman - freedom of choice is key....but I would have no problem with people being guided or educated to make proper choices.
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Antiguan Abroad at all libertarian paternalism part 2 of 2

#23 tenman » 2012-01-08 19:15

They pointed out that without the default option, a significant amount of persons would not subscribe (natural laziness). In countries where enrollment in these programs (Organ transplant list) are the default (eg Austria, Belgium and France) there is a significant increase in participation. Where the environment is concerned they point to laws which allow countries to buy pts (pollution credits) from other countries as good solutions.Daniel Kahneman in his book Thinking, Fast and Slow is another advocate of libertarian paternalism.
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#22 tenman » 2012-01-08 19:02

Antiguan Abroad I am all for free market and choices while it does not endanger persons not involved in that choice. Eg if you wish to drink that's up to you but when you get behind the wheel and injure someone while drunk, systems must be put in place to prevent that. I read an interesting book a few weeks ago named Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness by Sunstein, Cass R., Richard H. Thaler. I find myself inclined to their idea of libertarian paternalism. Society should try to point persons in the right direction, however they should never be forced. We should also ensure that persons are well informed. One example the book used was sub prime mortgages. The writers pointed out that they have their place but the important thing is to ensure that persons understand fully what they are signing. Examples were given where some persons hid critical information from especially African American families who later got burned. They also spoke of the importance of the default option: persons should automatically be enrolled in beneficial things (eg. Organ transplant, pension plans), however allow them the option to opt out.
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#21 Antiguan Abroad » 2012-01-08 18:50

Dr. Simon - I enjoy a good debate myself. With respect to the American Indians, there is no question that they were treated shabbily by the original settlers....and reparations have been made by the US government. Indian reservations are now among the wealthiest in the country, and Indian burial grounds are protected by federal law. Although a bit off topic, so too was slavery morally wrong. Yet, no substantial reparations have been made to the descendants of slaves. Thankfully, most modern laws are a bit more conscientious as they relate to the common good than they were centuries ago (one would hope, at least).
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#20 Dr. Simon » 2012-01-08 18:28

Enjoying the discussion. However quite often the people who suffer are not the ones who cause the problems.The rich and powerful are better able to survive (at least for a while) when thing go bad due to their own excesses.
We saw in the example I cited that the Native Americans were the ones who died as the settlers slaughtered the buffalo for fun.
As a result steps must be put in place to protect all
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#19 Antiguan Abroad » 2012-01-08 17:59

Dr. Simon - We agree, then, that moderate government intervention should be designed to protect vital natural resources and endangered species, and for other very targeted and limited purposes. But when we try to regulate human behavior by forcing people to do what it “best” for them, then that is when we begin to infringe upon individual freedoms. As I said, nature has a way of taking care of people who consume to excess....they typically do not last very long, By the way, many of the Occupiers of Wall Street wanted a re-distribution of wealth to benefit themselves and others. That's not a very capitalist idea, in my opinion.
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#18 Morris » 2012-01-08 17:29

Very nice article! I would also like to add that we as individuals are "what we were then;" we live in a society where it is impressed upon us that we need to be like "society's idols/icons" in every way. There are many who fail to see that this type of indoctrination is founded on greed, can become overly addictive, and can (and does) keep some people in poverty. Companies design and sell products or services with or without good intentions, but the ultimate goal is profits so that they can survive. They could care less who, why, or how you buy their products/services, just as long as they're sold.
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#17 Dr. Simon » 2012-01-08 17:28

With respect to you, I do not think it is necessarily socialism or communism for us to look at some of the real and present dangers of consumerism and try to do some thing about it.
My main thrust is not about government interference but about all of us doing what lies in our capacities.
I do not think that the Occupiers (O) are less Capitalist that the rest of America but they may have recognize the unsustainability of the status quo.
History showed us that many native North American Tribes suffered starvation when the settlers wiped out their Buffalo stock(for sport) which they were using frugally (for food).
Do we want to leave our water courses, air quality,soil integrity, trees, elephants,bears, sea mammals, fish stock etc.,to pure market demands?
Remember every consumer product uses up something from the environment that is not always replaceable.
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#16 Antiguan Abroad » 2012-01-08 16:46

Dr. Simon - With respect, on the contrary, I think I did catch your many points, including the implication that companies may contribute to the "consumerism" you write about by employing celebrities to market their products. I believe this srticle - whether intended or not - spouts some of the socialism and communism philosophies that have been around for a long time and which have been discarded by most progressive societies. My own view is to let capitalist markets operate freely with moderate government regulations. It is from these free markets that poor young visionaries will move to higher ground...and become the next Jay Z, Steve Jobs, and the like. If people choose not to employ moderation in their consumption, nature has a way of dealing with such excesses. But don't limit freedom.
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My good friend nameless

#15 Dr. Simon » 2012-01-08 16:22

You know that my articles are about getting people thinking.
Of course at some point laws have to come into play in the whole issue of consumerism; for example in protecting the environment and vulnerable groups such as the disabled, mentally ill and children.
But it also requires a conscious change of mind ( or heart) that is not only spurred from laws but also from love.
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#14 nameles » 2012-01-08 15:46

LOL Dr S you see what you started….AWARNESS and I LOVE IT!! Thanks

Teman I am a very strong believer in privacy but not when it comes to companies and they ethics for consumers

I don’t believe that anyone should infringe on people’s freedom to choose as long as it is not a choice that is harmful to others.

I do believe that laws should be put in place to make sure companies before producing some of these ever fast change in modern technology, will ensure these products are environmental friendly. We are consuming more then we can discard.
We all have a role to play.
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#13 tenman » 2012-01-08 14:42

nameles I agree with you in the need to educate persons by passing laws to mandate that persons do things like eat only one scoop of ice cream a day, is trampling on persons right to choose. What will we do with cell phones do we pass laws to mandate that persons don't buy the newest model each year. Do you pass laws to prevent persons from changing their cars to the newest model each year? The best method I beleive is to allow people to freely make choices which do not harm others but do your best to ensure that they have all information needed. Nudge them socially accepted good examples using the media. nameless, where the example I used of the well dressed but hungry child is concerned I accept that it can be argued that this was some form of child abuse which we should have laws against.

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#12 Dr. Simon » 2012-01-08 14:42

But I already yielded to tenman on that similar point and I do agree with him that it is not just about making laws to change consumer mentality.
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#11 nameles » 2012-01-08 14:33

Dr. Simon » 2012-01-08 13:04

Thanks My way of helping and Antiguan abroad.
Just reading on nation news (Barbados) that Beyonce and Jay Z rented a hospital floor for 1.3 million US dollars for the birth of their baby.
This is just an example of this warped sense o consumerism that we have.

Read more: http://www.Caribarena.com/antigua/opinions/opinion-pieces/drjerry-simon/99332-consume-consume-be-consumed.html#comments#ixzz1itPUxGVf


Dr S here is where I disagree with you! Jay z and B is no "ordinary" couple, lets be honest.
This to me is a security issue not one of "over / too much / un-nessary consumtion.
I am sure the issue of safety must be taken into consideration. There is no way as simple and un-important that I am that I was going to make it easy for anyone to intrude on such a scared moment just to have it blast all over the same media we are here complaining about.
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#10 nameles » 2012-01-08 14:24

"making laws to bring this about is not where we should go."


Read more: http://www.Caribarena.com/antigua/opinions/opinion-pieces/drjerry-simon/99332-consume-consume-be-consumed.html#comments#ixzz1itOUHL5O

YOU ARE KIDDING RIGHT?
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#9 nameles » 2012-01-08 14:13

Dr S you said a mouth full here. One that I agree with, the sad thing, it is falling on DEAF ears.
We (consumers) sit back and we blame the media for influencing our actions, we blame globalization for penetrating our cultures, we even blame religion. We blame others for our land fills and decaying of this earth, but lets ask ourselves this question, after all these consumtion where do we "throw" that which we no longer "want"?
How many of these products that we so "want", can be broken down back into this earth we live on?
How many polices are put in place to prohibit such an issue?
Before we buy lets ask ourself one question "DO WE NEED IT"?
WHEN ARE WE GOING TO TAKE THE BLAME AND EDUCATE OURSELVES???!!!

AN EDUCATED CONSUMER IS THE SMARTEST CONSUMER THERE IS.
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#8 Dr. Simon » 2012-01-08 14:08

If that is really the case, I yield to you.
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#7 tenman » 2012-01-08 14:01

I enjoyed this article. The point the writer made shows that people are making the mistake of using material possessions as a way to feel fulfilled. It seems a sign of low self esteem. Going to primary school I could never understand the sense of a child coming to school wearing the latest sports shoes yet had no breakfast and no money for lunch. Though I think society should send the message, via nudges, that persons should live within their means and strive not to be wasteful, making laws to bring this about is not where we should go.

Dr. Simon the Beyonce example is understandable considering their need for security especially from picture takers. I will tell you that many media houses would be willing to pay a pretty penny for pictures of Beyonce in labor.
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#6 Dr. Simon » 2012-01-08 13:04

Thanks My way of helping and Antiguan abroad.
Just reading on nation news (Barbados) that Beyonce and Jay Z rented a hospital floor for 1.3 million US dollars for the birth of their baby.
This is just an example of this warped sense o consumerism that we have.
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#5 my way of helping » 2012-01-08 12:21

Dr. Simon, right on. I only wanted to read like one paragraph and i had to read the entire thing, it was nice, make sense.

Dr. Simon, at night i use to love to watch movies, J Leno etcetera and needed to study but still watching my shows, but one night it came to me, why is it so hard for me to go to study but it is important to watch these millionaires make millions MORE. When I need to study, so i can make my millions. They are okay and we need to make ourself okay in life too. We are program to think we need those things but we don't.

I also dislike how extreme some pastors live, I could not see myself being a particular level of rich, if there are still poor people on earth. my money would never increase pass a particular reasonable level because if it exceeds it, it will be withdrawn and use to feed the poor.
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#4 my way of helping » 2012-01-08 12:16

I disagree with you. We limit ourself to believe there MUST be haves and have nots. In reality there can be all reasonably have, everyone can have what they need. Read the "SECRET" and you may also read the "BIBLE".

Companies main goal is to make a profit for their shareholder, owners, staff to be paid. They are interested in cutting cost however they can, not all may seek to cut cost in the manner outlined by Mr. Simon, so i know he is not generalizing but using that as one example of the things multinational company does that will adversely affect us as their goal is to make profit.

I agree with everything he wrote, in the context in which he meant--means. Antigua Abroad, do you remember the fight the cigarette companies gave when people first start saying cigarette gave cancer? do you remember when studied were done they still were fighting, even thou the study showed us the scientist were correct.

Companies will do what ever they see fit to make a profit, some does extremely evil things, some not so evil and some does questionable things.
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#3 Dr. Simon » 2012-01-08 12:05

Thanks for your comments, but I think you may have missed the main point of the article. It is not against modern (or even post-modern) technology. I even mentioned that there is not anything necessarily wrong with these devices.
However it is about our pattern of consuming.
It is about a world even with all this technology that we are still in the greatest economic depression than we have seen for more than 70 years.
A world where gross production is ever increasing but yet more people are getting poorer.
A world where the needs of many are ignored for wants of a comparatively few.
For the first time in over 100 years it is expected that American teens are going to live for a shorter time than their parents, yet we have more of everything than ever before, including greater medical technology.
I love some of this great new technology, I use it also. However if we are not circumspect in the manner we consume, we will sooner or later have nothing to consume but ourselves.
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#2 Antiguan Abroad » 2012-01-08 09:43

I disagree with your statement that multinational companies actively seek to get richer by employing slave labor around the world. For most major American companies, the opposite is actually true. I have a friend who is an executive for a well known company whose job it is to investigate and upgrade labor practices wherever the company operates in the world. I would say that these companies provide employment in emerging markets for people that were once desperately poor. China and India, for instance, are now in a period of significant economic growth as a direct result of multi-nationalism in the corporate sector. Finally, I suspect your own medical practice benefits from the ingenuity and hard work of skilled scientists who toil to produce new medicines and equipment to help save the lives of patients. I think it's all a matter of philosophy...progres s can be a good thing if coupled with respect for others and the desire to give back to society. Your piece, though, is provocative and should spark some discussion.
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#1 Antiguan Abroad » 2012-01-08 09:39

It's called progress, dear doctor. Unfortunately, there will always be the haves and have nots, even in free societies.....some people strive for success while others are less driven. In actuality, companies that produce these modern devices (including luxury cars, smart phones, etc.) are actually contributing to society on a variety of levels. Luxury cars are generally safer, easier to drive and can withstand collisions better…thus saving lives. I have been rear-ended more than once and have suffered minimal damage to my SUV, while the other vehicles' damage have been visibly significant. As for communication devices, they help keep the world in touch in ways that were unimaginable a decade ago. This correspondence is proof of that. I am also able to keep in touch with clients and abreast of news while I am on the go practically at all times. Of course, there are some potential negative aspects to this, but I believe it’s up to the individual to monitor himself/herself to avoid burnout and over-use. Modern technological devices have brought people together and started revolutions in oppressed countries to help overthrow dictators. I think that’s a good thing.
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