The corporations, oddly enough, are responding by taking steps to ensure the sustainability of their business. Cigarette companies, perhaps unsurprisingly, own most of the patents on the quit-smoking drugs and products. Does that really surprise anyone? Tackle the industry from both ends. But they produce an illusion for the consumers so that the consumers keeps consuming, despite the dutch door action. Oil companies are probably investing is alternate fuel-source production schemes. Ethanol is a big one, bio-fuels another. You'll note neither of them are very environmentally friendly. But they keep their power by prviding what we need to live our lives without the threat of everything being upended. We're the ones demanding the products and they're the one supplying them. We must always remember that even in the bully:victim relationship, the victim has a degree of power over the bully -- in some cases, more power.
But we -- the consumers -- think we're the victims when, in fact, we're probably the bullies.
That's part of my point, as well. We're complicit. Not only that, we're afraid of the change that may be required of us. Based on the ideals of democracy, the free market, capitalism, individualism, subjectivity, relativism, etc, we won't take well to corporations (who are made up of us, which is a confounding factor) dictating to us that we can't have, say, Saran Wrap or Vaseline anymore because they need the product it's made from for other things based on importance.We're ****ing things up, no doubt. But it's hard to point the finger. I saw 'we're' in a very generic sense.
In this system the proverbial "we" are the self-styled important ones. We're rapidly approaching the point where our bloated sense of importance is the root cause of our own problems. How do we fix that? If a corporation is considered a person under the law, and a corporation is composed of people who wish to maintain their current way of life, how do we devise a reasonable system of responsibility? One that doesn't step on the toes of our beloved democracies? Our sense of rights? How do we identify what's important here?
These are questions of value. It's not about pointing the finger as much as it's about reconceptualizing what we consider valuable. Can we do tat through democracy? Does your subjective independence matter in this regard? If you perceive environmentally sustainable life as already existing, should your vote count? What is the value of your say? And what is it based on? If you think we're going to kill the planet, what then? Where is the value coming from? What does "f***ing it all up" really mean?
Yes. Food is a need. Restaurants are a want. Most of what exists in consumer society falls into the "want" category. We need shelter, but we want big suburban homes. We want our own space. We want our independence. But are we so sure that independence is a value that matches up with reality? Humanity, entirely, is a system of codependencies. Independence runs only so deep. Subjectivity is only so real. Take, Give, and Tell being what they are -- the implicit conundrum being that we can never be sure what's real and what's not (and the following assertion from the subjectivity debate that nothing is real, per se, so much as we believe it to be real) -- this relativistic sense forgets the simple reality that we are organic machines and we need fuel to survive. Our fuel sources are looking like they're within a lifespan of being challenged beyond their capability to bounce back. Our very way of life -- the one that allows to debate these ideas and cherish them in the first place -- is being threatened by the self-same thing that created it. Us.Take away what we want and we fight for it. Give us what we want and we abuse it. Tell us what we want and we believe it.
What do we need? Can we separate need from want?
So, subjective you, how do you rectify your place in the economy of humanity? And, is that any different from how you place yourself in the economy of nature? Take, Give, and Tell being what they are, where do you fit?
Is it not likely that your ideals -- your sense of subjectivity and relativism -- is a by-product of consumer society? A belief set that allows our existence to continue with decreased guilt and shame? In a classic argument in didacticism, if the subjective-relative philosophical standpoint can be understood as cultural, what is its root? "Truth"? Or -- and this seems likely to me -- is it just how we get by without feeling like we're empty and leading ourselves to suicide?