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  •  The problem is that when people are (4+ / 0-)
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    connected to other people, they have less of an appetite for things.  The acquisition of things serves as an occasion for social connectedness and an excuse for not making the effort that native social connections often require.
    People get rid of family and acquire things.  If they connect with a quasi-family, then the things are no longer alluring.
    What we are going to have to do is elevate the value of services and pay more for them.  That will require a bit of a revolution because the industrial emphasis has been on doing away with human labor--i.e. the providers of service.

    How do you tell a predator from a protector? The predator will eat you sooner rather than later.

    by hannah on Thu Dec 10, 2009 at 12:12:35 PM PST

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    •  I would refine this great point. (3+ / 0-)
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      The mechanism is unconscious.  People who watch hours of television--an almost perfect propaganda delivery vehicle--come to associate their instinctual needs and desires with acquisition of things.  Want to pick up a hot chick?  Drink beer.  Want to have a great time with your buddies?  Drink beer.  Etc.

      Participation in the web is less passive.  Reading necessarily entails the active involvement of the reader's imagination.  And for the most part, people choose what to expose themselves to.  In short, the web is a much less effective medium for manipulation of the psyche.

      This is in support of your point.

      FDR: I welcome their hatred. Obama: I welcome their advice.

      by geomoo on Thu Dec 10, 2009 at 12:31:09 PM PST

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      •  But perhaps more satisfying. The thing about (0+ / 0-)

        things is that while they don't get up and leave and desert a person, as even pets are wont to do, they do deteriorate and moulder and rust and turn into trash all on their own.  So that, eventually, the solitary person is danger of being undone by rot.

        People need people.  The myth of personal independence is one of the most destructive.

        How do you tell a predator from a protector? The predator will eat you sooner rather than later.

        by hannah on Fri Dec 11, 2009 at 05:56:15 AM PST

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