What to say about a society in which value of human being is measured by:
1. capacity to accumulate material wealth and not use it to participate in the society (but rather to show off)
2. psychological identification with the wealth, seeing it as permanent personal property, not a temporary asset to be shared for common good
3. emotional detachment and social denial about the consequences of concentration of wealth, keeping it (really) unused
If you can hold a lot of money (and everything you bought with it) for yourself and care as little as possible about the rest of the people (or other life forms), that is a sure sign that you “made it” in this world. The less you participate, the better! This has become all-pervading: even the poorest of us have a couple of technical gadgets; we use a tiny fraction of their potential and that for ourselves only. We are miniature copies of rich arrogant resource abusers. We must have each our own gadgets and they became too intimate to share–they have to be ours only!
Amassed wealth is actually nothing but unused potential. It is like a charged battery–it has no use in and of itself.
What we use the accumulated potential for can be summed up in one word: consumption. There is no “giving” or “sharing” in consumption, there is only “taking”. It is an intimate relationship between an isolated I and the object of consumption. In consumption there is no “us”, no community, no networking, no real relationship, no humanization; there is merely: me, myself and I … and my precious!
The concept of consumerism is based on the value of uselessness. I have, therefore I am! No other requirement.