Last Sunday, May 17, representatives from 1st EcoTeam visited with the Becomers class to watch and discuss what is perhaps one the most famous viral videos making the rounds on the Internet these days. The 20 minute, free screencast can be viewed on individual computers at the Story of Stuff web site which also has a wealth of resource materials on the global materials economy.
Our enormously productive economy ... demands that we make consumption our way of life, that we convert the buying and use of goods into rituals, that we seek our spiritual satisfaction, our ego satisfaction, in consumption ... we need things consumed, burned up, replaced and discarded at an ever-accelerating rate. (Victor Lebow, Journal of Retailing, 1955)
In any case, the visit with the Becomers was lively and engaging. Wouldn't it be great if that class could be the beginning of a real dialogue about these important issues facing our church (as well as our country and the world)?
Nothing wrong with dreaming...