One that the North American church seems to well practice – Consumerism – from Anthony B. Robinson in the Seattle PI.
In case you’ve been wondering what to do with your life, John Boehner has the answer.
House Minority Leader Boehner, a Republican congressman from Ohio, celebrated the recent passage of the economic stimulus package by saying, "The sooner we get this relief in the hands of the American people, the sooner they can begin to do their job of being good consumers." Your title: "consumer;" your mission: "buy stuff." Echoes of the president’s call, amid the crisis of 9/11, to get out and "shop."
The distance between "citizen" and "consumer" is the distance we have traveled. Where "citizen" has a certain dignity, even gravitas, carrying with it notions of responsibility and capacity for decision, "consumer" conjures something far more passive, lacking either dignity or responsibility, save responsibility to one’s self and for getting the best deal.
Yet "consumer" has steadily infiltrated our language and become our self-designation and default definition of what it means to be a person. [via Reddit]
Once I was a homo sapien, now I am a homo consumeris. Defined by the diamonds on the soles of my shoes.
UPDATE: Read Nathan Gann’s good rant on this topic.