It's that time of year... We are reminded during every commercial break with Santa and red ribbons. We are reminded when we flip through the radio dial and find stations that have gone to an all-Christmas Music format already
(won't get sick of that in a couple weeks - no...). We are reminded every year on Black Friday, as once again we see video of people getting violent in an effort to save a few bucks.
We are a nation of consumers. Consumption is what drives our economy. Without spending, our economy dies (as it almost did in 2008/2009). We need the money to be moving because that is what creates jobs, and for the money to move, a product or service must be in turn exchanged.
Consuming, though, in the economic model is a lot like consuming in the digestive model: As we consume, we also excrete. Without consuming, we cannot survive.