Slope of Hope Blog Posts

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As an unapologetic child of the 80s, below is a favorite music video of mine from that era. Thus, showing at least three things that have changed since then with respect to what can be conveyed in a music video without consequence: (i) mental health issues; (ii) using little people for laughs; (iii) pedophilia. All the same, it’s always been a catchy tune.

Death by Consumption

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Those of you who have been on Slope for a while probably know that I hold no affection for consumerism. I agree with Thoreau that “the mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation”, and my view is that men – – and, God knows, women – – try to extinguish that desperation by plunging themselves into debt to buy crap that they don’t really need. It’s simultaneously pathetic and revolting.

Buying stuff ceaselessly has become the American Pastime, and this “lifestyle” is a vapid emptiness we have successfully exported to China, Japan,and all around the world. We are now a globe packed with insatiable consumers, always looking for the next shiny thing to distract them from an existence that would torment them if they deeply examined it.