KINDNESS - The Fruit Of The Spirit As An Antidote To Consumerism

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Kindness is acting for the good of people regardless of whether they are useful to you.

In the context of consumerism this calls into question the whole economic system that consumerism runs on.

In this system there are value judgments that are made.

The shareholders have supreme value. The business runs to generate profits for the shareholders and to keep them happy. They are useful to the business because of their investment.

The customers also have value; without them the business fails, so the business serves their needs. They are useful because they buy the product.

Within this value system there are various levels as well. The more money one has or invests, the more value one has.

The problem arises when we understand that millions of people either have no money to consume, or have little money so that their options are removed and they do not have consumer choice, therefore they are devalued.

This means that the people that make our products who are not paid enough to have consumer choice are treated as commodities to be used and exploited, rather than treated with kindness.

This means that the indigenous people, who do not buy enough consumer goods, who’s land we are taking and destroying, mean nothing to our system.

Kindness questions this system. Kindness says that good ought to be done regardless of whether the person we are interacting with is useful to us.

Kindness is goodness in action.

May we be fueled by kindness, may we challenge this system, and may we value all people as priceless.


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