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The social construct drives inertia, driving us all on the single focus of getting through their daily lives, away from anything meaningful.

Generally speaking, even if people want to be more responsible about saving the planet, there are so many forces conspiring to keep them living the way they currently do, it is almost impossible to change.

All the silly things we have come to believe and live by like:
Use By Dates on food
Processed food being better than fresh
All the different house cleaners we need
The kinds of clothes that define status at the office
The status of transport
The way real estate value is defined
And on it goes. It is very difficult to bust out of something which completely consumes everything you do all day long and believe without question. Even as it may well be, in the main, totally ridiculous, potentially insane and extremely wasteful.

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  • Mar 14 2013: Your points are well made and I really appreciate the meaning in your responses, but it isn't a personal struggle I refer to. I raise the question in the context of changing behaviour to stop mindless consumption, think more about the way people are treated around the world in the creation of goods and services and to stall climate change. It is the innocent ignorance with which most of us live our daily lives, completely unaware of the extent to which we are manipulated by marketing, news and the influence of friends that I refer to.
    I guess my point is more centrally that people don't pay attention to the real truth in many of these things and in the main, see no reason to. In general, we all just continue to accept all kinds of things because there are (reasonably) more important things in our lives. 'Bigger' things like raising the kids, getting a promotion, saving for the most perfect vacation, having meaningful conversation like this. While these matters are integrally important, I really believe that it is paying more attention to the little things we often dismiss that will make a real difference to changing the way we live.We need to in order to create any kind of group integrity. Which is what we need to save our own futures.
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      Mar 14 2013: Do you believe "most of us live our daily lives completely unaware of the extent to which we are manipulated by marketing, news, and the influence of friends?"

      I think one reason you may be getting responses of the sort below is that your question suggests one of two possibilities. One is that those who you know well and interact with have demonstrated to you these sorts of lives and beliefs. Another is that you do not actually see this in yourself and those around you but believe this to be true of a different population of people about whom you assume such beliefs and habits.

      Some people are trying to help if you see this problem within yourself and your circle. Others may be more interested in raising the question of whether your assumption is actually true for those outside of your circle.
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      Mar 15 2013: Jennifer,
      You continue to write as if it IS your "personal struggle"..." the innocent ignorance with which most of us live our daily lives, completely unaware of the extent to which we are manipulated by marketing, news and the influence of friends that I refer to."....."In general, we all just continue to accept all kinds of things because there are (reasonably) more important things in our lives".

      You seem to be projecting your own beliefs Jennifer.

      You write..."I really believe that it is paying more attention to the little things we often dismiss that will make a real difference to changing the way we live.We need to in order to create any kind of group integrity. Which is what we need to save our own futures."

      It feels like you are dismissing all the good and beneficial things that people are doing in our world. "BE what you want to "SEE".

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