“Our enormously productive economy demands that we make consumption our way of life, that we convert the buying and use of goods into ìrituals, that we seek our spiritual satisfactions, our ego satisfactions, in consumption.
The measure of social status, of social acceptance, of prestige, is now to be found in our consumptive patterns. The very meaning and significance of our lives today expressed in consumptive terms. The greater the pressures upon the individual to conform to safe and accepted social standards, the more does he tend to express his aspirations and his individuality in terms of what he wears, drives, eats- his home, his car, his pattern of food serving, his hobbies.
These commodities and services must be offered to the consumer with a special urgency. We require not only “forced draft” consumption, but “expensive” consumption as well.
We need things consumed, burned up, worn out, replaced, and discarded at an ever increasing pace. We need to have people eat, drink, dress, ride, live, with ever more complicated and, therefore, constantly more expensive consumption.”
Victor Lebow, 1955
My 2 cents: have you ever heard about the word “irreversible”?
Don’t you think we need a way out? Maybe letting new generations aware as soon as possible, apologize and help them “rolling back” somehow?