Check out entertaining yet profound cartoon documentary "The Story of Stuff", which lays out the ugly realities of our misbegotten love affair with consumption and its parasitic relationship with the rest of the world.
It points out many of the fundamental and inescapable problems built into American lifestyle patterns and the myths used to rationalize them for the sake of Big Business profits. There’s nothing "efficient" or "practical" about the way we live, or the way the world’s resources are managed today under Neoliberalism. Quite to the contrary, it’s a broken system promoted by dangerous idealists who impose onto the rest of us pie-in-the-sky ideologies that ignore scientific realities and and fraudulently universalize their own narrow, unsustainable interests.
From its extraction through sale, use and disposal, all the stuff in our lives affects communities at home and abroad, yet most of this is hidden from view. The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. The Story of Stuff exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world. It’ll teach you something, it’ll make you laugh, and it just may change the way you look at all the stuff in your life forever.
[HT: FAITH HOUSE Manhattan. ]