Alternatives Challenges Consumo


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I buy whatever I want when I want it: because I can, says Consumo.

Let's respond, Live simply that others may simply live.

Let's Challenge Consumo!

Consumo, Overlord of Overconsumption, is being challenged during the upcoming high holy season of Consumas, commonly mistaken for Christmas. Consumas - pronounced Con-SOOM-us - is The REALLY Big Con.

Consumo is worshipped by almost everyone in North America. Consumo - or Big C - appears in many guises, as a woman, a man , a child, as Santa Claus. Big C is the national god of North America, the god of US.

Worshippers of Consumo have alternatives!

Simple Living Works! provides free tools to help people deal with 'Consumo' or 'Affluenza' or whatever we choose to call the North American addiction to overconsumption, said Gerald Iversen.

The worshippers of Consumo exhibit the attitude called Consumerismo, based on fads and sex appeal, the lifestyle of the privileged. The followers of Consumo strive to live: and strive and strive and strive. The alternative is Simple Living.

Almost everybody likes Simple Living. Even the worshippers of Big C agree with Simple Living. But they think Simple Living is boring and they live according to Big C. Simple Living is based on the joy of relationships, not the burden of stuff. It is supported by virtually all the major religions of the world. Simple Living is promoted by a small group of organizations and individuals who truly believe that the way of Big C is destroying the world. Big C is promoted by an incredibility wealthy and powerful advertising and entertainment industry.

Debt is good! Stress is fun! says Consumo.

Let's say, Let's spend less on ourselves and give more to the needy.

Shop till you drop, say Consumo.

Let's say, If we don't need it, it isn't a bargain.

What's another tree or two? What's a couple of species? says Consumo.

Let's say, Care for all Creation. Reduce, reuse, recycle and restore.

Eat, drink and be merry: 'cause this is all there is. The guy who dies with the most toys, wins. says Consumo.

Let's say, There's enough for everyone's need, but not for everyone's greed.

Simple Living Works! offers a Consumo Must Go! skit.

Seasonal resources appropriate for reevaluation of Christmas include collections of Christmas stories to read aloud or alone and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas video. Let's Talk About Christmas! helps households plan in October or November for the holidays instead of going on auto-pilot the day after Thanksgiving. The Christmas Game gives people an easy, fun way to talk to each other, to tell their stories, instead of turning on TV. The widely read annual Whose Birthday Is It, Anyway? comes in 25 editions. Two guidelines to help plan alternative fall events have been updated and reissued - How to Organize a Alternative Christmas Community Festival and Planning an Alternative Christmas Workshop.

The free resources are available at SimpleLivingWorks.org >> archives.

The reissued Leader's Guide to the 'Unplug the Christmas Machine' Workshop, the companion to the classic Unplug the Christmas Machine helps leaders create a four hour workshop that helps participants clarify their beliefs and make realistic plans for more joyful, meaningful celebrations. Unplug the Christmas Machine: A Complete Guide to Putting Love & Joy Back into the Season gives thoughtful suggestions, creative exercises and answers to often-asked questions.

An audio version of the Leader's Guide is also available on CD and at SimpleLivingWorks.org >> archives.

Simple Living Works! also provides resources for year-round simpler living.

Simple Living Works! is an all-volunteer organization that has been equipping people of faith to challenge consumerism, live justly, and celebrate responsibly since 1973. As a successor to Alternatives, we offer free resources on simpler living and related topics (such as hunger, the environment, media literacy, etc.) for Advent and Christmas, for Lent and Easter, for weddings and for year-round use - some in Spanish. We serve everyone, sell nothing and solicit no donations.

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