Media outlets are paid to tell us how we should live, act, how to decorate our homes, what to wear, and how to look. Just the other day I was flipping through a magazine and had to get through at least 20 advertisements before I made it to the table of contents and the actual subject matter of the magazine. I was bombarded with new car fever, anti-aging cream, boat shoes (this wasn’t even a boating magazine!), makeup remover, a weight loss ad, a delectable cookie (right after the weight loss ad), and even an advertisement to freeze my face! Not one of these ads and not a single article in the magazine considered anything else except for selling products and ideas. There was no regard for humans, non-human animals, or the environment. In the past few years, this is what has come to both fascinate me and infuriate me about our culture. As I mentioned before, we as consumers, encourage this behavior in companies. We buy, buy, buy anything they sell that is promised to create a beautiful home, better skin, a thinner body, or a happier life. And we normally do so without ever questioning our impact.
What about the people who had to make the products or the animals that were killed for the products or the natural resources that were stripped from the planet? The coming tips for this section will cover how the products in our lives and homes affect other humans, non-human animals, and the environment. Plus talk a more about how our culture encourages us to live as though we are stepping through the pages of a magazine. This is one area where it is easy to see how other beings are touched, but how much of it is hidden in our culture. Looking deeper into our culture has changed my perspective on how I live and how I make my everyday decisions. These ideas are what inspired my entire thesis project...aka, this blogged book you are reading!